Possession, discharging of fireworks illegal on federal lands in N.D.

With the Fourth of July fast approaching, make sure you are up to date with the latest regarding fireworks.

BISMARCK, N.D. – The Bureau of Reclamation announced Monday that discharging and/or possession of fireworks is illegal on Federal lands in North Dakota.

These areas include Lake Audubon, Lake Tschida, Jamestown Reservoir, Patterson Lake, Hoffer Lake, New Johns and the surrounding Chain of Lakes, and all associated recreation areas within Federal boundaries.

The only exception to this rule is if a group, such as the Cabin Owners Association, wants to request a Special Use Permit to discharge fireworks.

The discharging of fireworks is illegal on all Federal lands and has been for some time. People who disregard this rule on Federal lands may face fines and possible jail time.

Campfires in enclosed fire rings remain legal unless state or county burn bans are in place.

For more information, contact Scott Hettinger at shettinger@usbr.gov or 701-221-1285.