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Posted on: December 28, 2022

[ARCHIVED] New Year's fireworks only legal 8 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1

New Year's Eve Fireworks

The City of West Fargo reminds residents that fireworks are only legal to use within the limits of the City of West Fargo from 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, to 1 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1. The individual use, explosion, or possession of fireworks at any other time during the year is prohibited, except 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. July 4. 

Individuals must be at least 12 years of age to use, explode or possess any retail fireworks. 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, which owns or controls the property. This includes public roadways, right of ways and sidewalks. The use of sky lanterns is illegal and all other fireworks shall be limited to a 1.4G firework. 

Fireworks are extremely dangerous and can cause life-altering injuries and fires when used improperly. Residents should practice extreme caution and abide by all City ordinances when setting off any fireworks. Never direct or throw fireworks, including sparklers, at another individual. Light fireworks one at a time, then move a safe distance away from the fireworks device. Ensure a bucket of water or a water source is nearby in case of fire or other mishaps. 

Dispose of all garbage, to include pieces of spent fireworks that may fall into public streets, neighboring yards, right of ways, and sidewalks. Fireworks are most safely disposed of when using a metal garbage container for soaking in water overnight before placing in a plastic bag or container. Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away. Never place garbage that includes spent fireworks in, or next to, your home or garage.  

Any complaints will be handled with the West Fargo Police Department and can result in fireworks taken away with the possibility of a fine. To report a complaint, please call (701) 515-5500. To report an emergency, call 911.

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