Can I Have a Snowball Fight in Aspen, Colorado?

Having a snowball fight is illegal in Aspen, Colorado, because the act is a violation of a local anti-missile law. In the city, throwing any object or discharging a weapon at public buildings, at private property or at another person is an infraction that typically comes with a fine as punishment. Snowball fights on private property are generally not cause for issues. In some cases, however, the throwing of snowballs that are made of a significant amount of ice has been treated as assault or harassment and has come with criminal charges.

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@Viranty - I've been hit in the face with a pretty hard snowball before, and it wasn't a laughing matter. When I was little, my friend and I were having a snowball fight. I was getting him pretty good, but then he struck me in the face with a snowball that had a lot of ice in it. I got a black and eye, and it hurt pretty bad. However, we're still friends, and he even apologized. Banning snowball fights does seem a bit unusual, but I can definitely see how that's a possibility. As the old saying goes, it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt.

Post 7

@RoyalSpyder - I can see where you're coming from with your last sentence. Not referring to the state of Colorado, but as a whole, sometimes, we can end up injuring someone without even meaning it. In other words, what turns into a game of fun eventually becomes much more deadly and serious. In fact, though the article doesn't state this, maybe the reason why they decided by make it a criminal offense is because they want to prevent any serious injury that could cause others to sue. Perhaps the law is just a form of scare tactics? It's just my perspective, but it's definitely something to think about.

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Even though I highly disagree that snowball fights should be illegal in Colorado, on the other hand, I can definitely see where they're coming from. First of all, notice how it says that if you're caught throwing snowballs, you'll get a fine. Maybe that does seem a little too extreme, but on the other hand, it's better than being thrown into prison, right? At least it's not something completely illogical. Second, I think it's understandable that throwing snowballs with ice in them can come with criminal charges. After all, we wouldn't want any to get hurt, right?

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This is one of the most amusing and interesting articles in wiseGEEK. I never knew that snowball fights were illegal in Apsen, Colorado? In fact, not just referring to this article, but as a whole, some states have some very unusual laws. This article aside, does anyone know of any other rules or regulations that may seem a bit out of the norm?

Post 3

The next question should be is it illegal to lie in Washington.

Post 1

I can understand the illegality of throwing snowballs (you can hide a missile in snowball), but I am really puzzled to learn that vacuum cleaners are not permitted to be lent or borrowed?

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