Fireworks allowed in the city tonight, but rules apply

Have fun this New Year’s Eve, but don’t forget the city rules on fireworks.

Per City Code fireworks may be discharged on Dec. 31, from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1. Fireworks may not be sold within the incorporated city limits.

Stick rockets, bottle rockets and roman candles are not allowed in Montana per state law.

Cascade County has different rules and regulations as it relates to fireworks, and the city does not regulate the sale or discharge of fireworks outside the city limits.

Children 10 and younger, partaking in the firework festivities, must have a supervising adult within 10 feet, in order to control the application of flame or other means to discharge the firework.

Residents should only discharge fireworks on private property. Fireworks are prohibited from being discharged on all publicly owned areas such as parks, streets, cul-de-sacs, public sidewalks or public-right-of-ways or any publicly owned parking lot/parking space or alley.

City code also requires that you clean up any debris left behind from fireworks.

The city’s fireworks ordinance will be enforced by police and firefighters. Any person who violates the city’s rules and regulations, pertaining to fireworks may be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to the following fines:

  • 1st offense – $100
  • 2nd offense – $200
  • 3rd offense – $300
  • 4th offense – $1,000

The City of Great Falls wants everyone to have a safe New Year’s. Visit the city’s website for fireworks safety tips and more details regarding the fireworks rules and regulations. The public can also contact Lisa Kunz, city clerk regarding the ordinance, at 455-8451.