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The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate with friends and enjoy an American pastime – fireworks. The City of Cut Bank has established a set of ordinances for Cut Bank designed to help keep citizens safe and minimize the risk of fire.

According to City of Cut Bank Ordinance No. 8.20 (amended) it is unlawful to possess, sell, use or explode fireworks within the city limits at any time. Possess or possession means the person who is in a public place or outdoors at a residence has fireworks in hand or in their immediate physical control when said fireworks are in such a state as to be immediately lit or exploded or otherwise utilized. 

Violators of this ordinance are guilty of misdemeanor charges and can be punished with a fine between $100 and $500. Second or subsequent convictions should be fined more than the prior conviction. A third or subsequent conviction may also include a jail sentence of up to 10 days in the Glacier County Detention Center. 

This does not mean Cut Bank residents still can’t enjoy beautiful fireworks displays. Fireworks are permitted outside of the city limits as long as they are legal. M-80s, M-100s and blockbusters are federally banned explosives and are not permissible anywhere. 

Remember if fireworks do cause an injury or fire, take immediate action. For more information on fireworks safety, visit the National Council on Fireworks Safety at www.fireworksafety.com.

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