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Insight from the West Fargo PD: Follow city’s fireworks restrictions

The city of West Fargo adopted new regulations relating to the possession and discharge of fireworks within the city.

It is now per-missible for any individual who is at least 12 years old to use, explode or possess any retail fireworks within the limits of the city of West Fargo, starting at 8 a.m. July 4 and ending at 11:59 p.m. that same day, or from 8 a.m. Dec. 31 through 1 a.m. Jan. 1.

The individual use, explosion or possession of fireworks at any other time during the year is prohibited.

A person is restricted as to their own property or to property where they have permission to be. No person shall ignite, discharge or use fireworks on publicly owned or controlled property, including but not limited to park property, city or county property, school property or federally owned property without prior written authorization from the governing board or authorized representative of the public entity that owns or controls the property.

No person shall ignite, discharge or use fireworks on any property owned or controlled by another person or entity without the express permission of the owner or person or entity in control of the property.

Under certain conditions the fire chief can further limit the discharge of fireworks. The provision providing for use and possession of fireworks during specified dates and times may be suspended by the chief of the West Fargo Fire Department when a burning ban has been issued for the state of North Dakota, Cass County or the city of West Fargo.

If the chief of the West Fargo Fire Department suspends the use of fireworks, he shall notify the West Fargo Police Department and the public.

The purpose of this subsection is to protect the property and provide for the safety and well-being of the residents of West Fargo.

In addition to the penalty provided by section 01-0211, any violation of the ordinance may result in the seizure or removal by the state fire marshal, sheriff, police officer or local fire marshal, at the expense of the owner, of all fireworks or combustibles offered or exposed for sale, stored or held.

Always use safe handling procedures when dealing with fireworks.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Keep fireworks away from combustibles. Be courteous to others and clean up your debris.

Mike Reitan is West Fargo’s assistant police chief.