Bent County and Las Animas are following state rules for fireworks on the Fourth of July, said Fire Chief Jim Pryor. Fireworks that are always illegal to use in Colorado (except for public and professional displays) are: firecrackers, rockets (including bottle rockets), roman candles, cherry bombs, mortars and similar items, such as M-80s. Anyone selling fireworks in Colorado must first obtain a license. Pryor confirmed the dealer in Las Animas is licensed.

The professional fireworks show is scheduled for 9 p.m. at the football field in Las Animas, and it is recommended to attend that instead of shooting fireworks at home, as even sparklers have caused extensive injuries. In 2017, sparklers alone accounted for more than 25 percent of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries, according to the National Safety Council. For children under five years of age, sparklers accounted for nearly half of the total estimated injuries. The National Safety Council provided the following safety tips:

* Never allow young children to handle fireworks
* Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
* Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
* Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
* Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
* Never light them indoors
* Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
* Never point or throw fireworks at another person
* Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
* Never ignite devices in a container
* Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
* Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
* Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire
* Never use illegal fireworks