Officials in Laramie are reminding residents that the use of fireworks within city limits is illegal.

Laramie Fire Marshal Mark Doyle says this applies to all kinds of fireworks, including things like hand-held sparklers, firecrackers, cones, fountains, bottle rockets, and larger aerial fireworks.

Crime Prevention Officer Kyle Groose notes that it is illegal for anyone to even possess fireworks within city limits. He says anyone with fireworks in town may have them confiscated and could face a fine.

Groose says anyone who wants to report the illegal use of fireworks can do so by calling dispatch at 307-721-2526. He says law enforcement will respond to reports as soon as possible, noting that such reports are common around the Fourth of July holiday.

Those who choose to use fireworks must do so on private land in the county. The use of fireworks is prohibited on state and federal land, including at State Parks, in U.S. Forests and Grasslands, and on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management. Permission must be obtained by landowners before fireworks are used on their property.

Fire Marshal Doyle says that any fire restrictions in place must be followed in the county, even on private land. For information on local fire bans, visit the Albany County Fire Warden’s website or call the Laramie Fire Department.

While fireworks can be fun for the holiday, Doyle says it is important to use them responsibly and legally. Doyle advises that people use fireworks the way they are intended and with a responsible, sober adult present.

For more information on firework safety for this Fourth of July, visit the National Fire Protection Association website.

Another option for people to enjoy fireworks this season is to attend the Fire in the Sky fireworks display in Laramie. The display will take place around 10 p.m. on Independence Day and will be launched from the Aragon Softball Complex.