For certain Colorado boys and girls (many, if not most, of them adults), driving to Wyoming to get crazy July 4th fireworks not allowed here is something of an annual tradition — although not this year, we hope. Given blazes like the High Park fire and the Waldo Canyon fire, fireworks bans are in place, and you can bet they'll be strictly enforced — meaning the best way to see illegal (in Colorado) fireworks is in this post. And man, do the following ones qualify.
These images, videos and descriptions come courtesy of Phantom Fireworks, which has loads of Wyoming locations. Look below to count down our picks for the ten most explosive items we spotted in the Phantom catalog below. But remember: Look, don't light.
Number 10: Urban Warrior
Price: $89.99 Description: "A popular item since its introduction a couple of years ago, the Urban Warrior has four separate effects that repeat throughout the 25 shots. A gold comet breaks to a gold willow with red stars; a green tail to a brocade crown effect; a silver tail to a red palm; and a crackling tail to a willow with red stars."
Number 9: Aerial Avalanche
Price: $89.99 Description: "The main draw to the Aerial Avalanche is the killer strobe effects. A green strobing tail shoots first, followed by a silver strobing tail crackling. Green and silver strobe willows alternate to a crackle willow finale, topped off by a great green crackle."
Price: $99.99 Description: "30 SHOT RED, GREEN, YELLOW, BLUE, PURPLE DAHLIA WITH WHITE STROBE ENDING WITH BROCADES AND CRACKLING FLOWERS."
Number 7: New Yorker Salute Finale
Price: $99.99 Description: "A 36-shot 500-gram aerial repeater, the New Yorker Salute Finale is one of the original Phantom 500-gram repeaters. Red, green and white comets are followed by beautiful large chrysanthemum bursts. A traditional blue stars and gold fish effect follows next. This item is an awesome performer ending with a loud crackle barrage finale!"
Price: $119.99 Description: "Spectacular silver and gold palm tree bursts with colored strobelights and crackling finale."
Number 5: Autumn Storm
Price: $119.99 Description: "Named after one of the most exciting events of the year, this 25-shot 500 gram, maximum load repeater, combines silver tourbillion with multi colored falling leaves. No show will be complete without this beautiful piece."
Price: $119.99 Crackling mines with gold willows; red, green and purple with crackle center then gold to blue willow with crackle finale.
Number 3: Emerald City Premiere
Price: $189.99 Description: "A top notch 9 shot finale rack with amazing green glitter effects surrounding red glitter centers and crackling centers. A sure crowd pleaser." Page down to see more of our top 10 fireworks you shouldn't bring from Wyoming to Colorado. Number 2: Split Decision, 12 Shot
Price: $189.98 Description: "12 huge angled shots of split (half & half) effects, features purple&yellow, green&red, yellow&brocade and red bursts." Number 1: Wolf Pack Finale Spectacle
Price: $199.99 Description: "9 silver comets rise up with spectacular double burst chrysanthemum and wave effects and a crackling gold willow finale."
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