After Havre City Council voted nearly three months ago to revise the city’s 100-year-old fireworks laws, the enforcers of the law are getting ready this week for a weekend of recently legitimized explosions.
Both the Havre Police and Fire departments have issued releases reminding Havreites that they are allowed to light fireworks, and explaining the limitations.
The new law says that fireworks may be set off within city limits July 2 to July 4, from 8 a. m. to midnight each day.
The law also limits which kinds of fireworks can be used during those times.
“Permissible fireworks, excluding sky rockets, roman candles and bottle rockets, include and are limited to those that meet the definition of ‘common fireworks’ as set forth in the U. S. department of transportation's Hazardous Materials Regulations, ” the ordinance says.
Fireworks are also not allowed on any public property, including parks, streets and sidewalks.
A new part of the law also prohibits leaving any fireworks debris behind, which Fire Chief Dave Sheppard thinks will be a main issue.
“I anticipate one of the biggest issues we’re going to have is garbage, people not picking up after themselves, ” Sheppard said.
The police department’s release says that people breaking any of these rules “could be fined $100, ” for the first offense.
Sheppard was one of the main proponents of the change this spring, because he thinks the new law will help end some of the city’s difficulties from years past.
“Citywide there have been fireworks in city limits, even when we had a ban. And it was difficult for law enforcement, ” Sheppard said. “Hopefully this will help people enjoy the Fourth of July, and it will help enforcement. ”