Resident asks city to consider banning fireworks within city limits

It’s still chilly outside, but some residents are thinking ahead to July.

During the Feb. 6 City Commissioner meeting, B.J. Angermeier asked the city to ban fireworks within the city limits.

 

“We’ve all been awake at 1 in the morning wondering when is it going to stop,” she said.

So far, city officials have made no public indication that they plan any changes to the city’s fireworks ordinance, which only allows the selling and discharging of fireworks within the city limits on July 2,3 and 4 from 8 a.m. to midnight. Fireworks are also allowed in New Years Eve.

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Angermeier said she could call and report the fireworks that violate the rules, but that law enforcement has better things to do.

“This is not only a public nuisance issue, but a safety issue and abuse of public services,” she said.

She said that in 2017 there were eight grass fires the first week of July. The Electric rode with fire crews on July 3 and 4 last year and there were a few fireworks related grassfires but they were quickly extinguished and there was no major damage, according to the fire department.

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Angermeier said information she received from the Great Falls Police Department indicated there had been a total of 471 fireworks related calls on the first week of July over the last six years.

“I, as do you and the citizens of Great Falls, know our safety is more important than enforcing fireworks misconduct,” she said.

Bozeman and Whitefish have similar fireworks rules. Missoula, Kalispell, Helena and Billings ban fireworks within the city limits.