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Fireworks Allowed Inside Williston City Limits: Part II

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Residents can expect this Fourth of July to be brighter, and louder, than in the past.

"The commission ruled that we would allow fireworks to be shot off in town on July 4th until 1 a.m. on the 5th," says Mayor Ward Koeser.

The move comes partly as an effort to properly utilize an already taxed police force.

"We try to prioritize where they spend their time," says Koeser. "We've increased our police force, and we try to be very responsive to people's needs and concerns, but if we have an accident someplace, we are certainly going to take care of that before we take care of a call that someone is disturbing the peace with fireworks."

Terry Goudreau was instrumental in lifting the restrictions. The owner of TNT Fireworks says people will shoot them off either way, so making it legal allows the police to be on call for serious emergencies.

"It's really tough to police it anyway. Everybody's just going crazy out there, so I said I don't think we need nine full days but we need at least one or two days where people can shoot these things."

Goudreau grew up around fireworks, so he does have some words of advice. He says while unorthodox, residents should resist the urge to clean up right away.

"Once you are done shooting your fireworks, just push them aside and let them sit overnight instead of throwing them in the garbage cans. Because here's what's going to happen, there will be one that will be a little bit hot, you'll throw it in the garbage can, next thing you know you're going to have garbage cans on fire all across the city."

And he says just because it's legal doesn't mean you shouldn't remain courteous to your neighbors with young children or pets.

"I was just talking to a guy and we sold him a pack of artillery shells. They are a little quieter than the big hammer one's but really pretty, because he's got neighbors right by. If he's at the farm it's a different story."

Koeser agrees, saying safety and courtesy are his two biggest concerns this fourth. 

"When I was younger I was a real avid fan of fireworks and it's enjoyable to watch. So I can understand why people like to do it, but we just ask that they be courteous and respectful."

Commissioners say they did not place any location regulations on the law, meaning residents can shoot off fireworks in yards, alleyways, or even in the streets. The one area that is completely off limits is city parks.

 Police will begin enforcing the no firework ordinance at 1:00 A.M. on July 5th.

 

 

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