What’s more fun than fireworks on the Fourth of July?

If you’re planning to make some sparks in Bozeman for Independence Day, there are some things you need to know first.

Here are some official tips from the City of Bozeman about discharging fireworks in town.

 

  • 1

    Fireworks can only be discharged on certain dates and times:

    ·         July 3 - Noon to 12 a.m.

    ·         July 4 – Noon to 1 a.m.

    ·         July 5 – Noon to 12 a.m.

  • 2

    Only certain fireworks can be used in city limits:

    -           Fireworks that go no higher than 15 feet and not designed to explode

    -           Sparklers under 12 inches in length

    -           Wheel devices with no more than six “driver” units

  • 3

    Fireworks can NOT be discharged in these places:

    ·         On any public street, alley, road or right-of-way

    ·         Within 300 feet of any public park

    ·         Within 1,000 feet of any hospital, nursing or assisted living facility

    ·         Under or upon a motor vehicle, whether moving or not

    ·         Within 300 feet of any gas station

  • 4

    Some other safety tips:

    ·         Children should always be supervised when around fireworks.

    ·         Children under 12 should not handle fireworks.

    ·         NEVER pick up a firework that is a “dud.”  Wait 20 minutes then soak with water first.

    ·         Avoid areas that are prone to fires and have a fire extinguisher and water with you.

    ·         Discharge fireworks in a manner that does not endanger life, limb or property.  Don’t combine or use fireworks in the wrong manner.

    ·         Follow instructions printed on the fireworks.

  • 5

    And finally...

    If you are disturbing the peace of others, officers may have to stop the fireworks display. Fireworks can be discharged on private property with the owner’s permission.