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When can fireworks be sold in Great Falls and in Cascade County?

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Posted at 5:57 PM, Jun 24, 2024

GREAT FALLS — Firework stands are beginning to pop up in and around Great Falls, but not all of them are allowed to open yet.

“In the county you can sell from the 24th of June all the way to the 5th (of July),” said Sean Allen, assistant coach for the CMR High School Wrestling Team. “If you’re inside the city limits you’re only allowed to sell between the 2nd and 5th.”

When can fireworks be sold in Great Falls and in Cascade County?

Set up just outside the Halftime Bar & Casino along Northwest Bypass, you might think Shane Maurer’s stands cannot open until July 2nd, but Halftime’s parking lot is technically county land.

“It’s just a little track of old county land that gets taken advantage of,” Allen said, “So it’s pretty nice, where you’re kind of in the city, but you’re definitely not, based off of where the lines are drawn kind of thing.”

The bar gives Maurer permission to use the area of land every summer.

“Our corporation is very generous when it comes to helping out local sports,” said Halftime manager Robyn Roberts.

Helping local sports is exactly what Maurer does. The fireworks stand raises money for the Rustler Wrestling Club, a youth club for ages four to 18 that works as a feeder program for the CMR High School wrestling team.

Maurer also has a new additional stand right next to his Rustler Stand, where the proceeds and 50/50 raffle tickets will also help fund more local sports.

“As long as I’ve worked at this stand now you see a lot of the same people year after year,” Allen said, “And then as you get going you see people that have been out of town and then they come back and they’re drawn to the stand because it has an affiliation with Rustler Wrestling, so it’s pretty awesome.”

From the City of Great Falls website:

Primary rules and regulations include:
  • The selling and discharging of fireworks within the incorporated limits of Great Falls can only take place on July 2, 3, and 4 from 8:00 a.m. to midnight.
  • Children 9 and younger partaking in the firework festivities must have a supervising adult within 10 feet, in order to control the application of flame or other means to discharge the firework. 
  • Residents should only discharge fireworks on private property (sidewalk leading to your residence and or driveway)  and should always clean up any trash that is left behind from the discharging of fireworks.
Residents can learn more about the City’s rules and regulations relating to fireworks by referring to the Great Falls Code of Ordinances, Chapter 9 – FIREWORKS. The City’s Fireworks Ordinance is enforced by the City’s police officers and firefighters.

GFFR also wants to remind those setting off fireworks over the holiday to take the necessary steps and precautions to keep themselves and others safe. Always be aware of the risks of accidents, personal injury, and fires associated with the use of fireworks.

“Our goal at Great Falls Fire Rescue is to educate residents about fire prevention and safety. Annually, fireworks start over 19,000 fires and send over 9,000 people to the Emergency Room each year. We hope that through proper education and use of fireworks, the citizens of Great Falls will not be part of these statistics. Know the rules, pay attention, and stay safe,” stated Mike McIntosh, Great Falls Fire Marshal.

Fireworks Safety Tips:
  • Read Directions – Read the cautionary labels and directions before discharging.
  • Discharge Outdoors – Always use fireworks outside in a clear area, away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Keep Fireworks away from Others - Never point or throw fireworks at another person or place any part of your body directly over a firework when lighting the fuse.
  • One at a Time - Light fireworks one at a time, then move back to a safe distance quickly.
  • Have Water Handy! – Have a bucket of water or a water hose nearby to prevent a possible fire. Always remember to douse discharged fireworks with water once they have completely burned before throwing the fireworks away to prevent a trash fire.
  • Adult Supervision - A responsible adult should always closely supervise all fireworks activities. Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Clean it Up - Always clean up used fireworks when finished (make sure they are doused with water!).
  • Prevent Injury – Fireworks should never be carried in a pocket or be shot off in metal or glass containers. Fireworks should be used on a solid, flat level surface. Never use altered fireworks.  Not only are they dangerous, they can also be illegal.
  • Sparklers - Sparklers can burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees. Parents may not realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. 
  • It Didn’t Light - If a firework does not work, leave it alone. Do not try to relight it. Pour water on it.
  • Buying Fireworks – Purchase fireworks only from reliable outlets. Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper or packaging. This is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
Remember that not everyone loves fireworks. Be a good neighbor and be sensitive to others when choosing to discharge them. Fireworks can disrupt those sleeping, scare pets, and can be an issue for veterans. Great Falls Fire Rescue wants the community to enjoy the 4th of July and remember that fireworks, even when used properly, can cause fires and accidents. Follow the law, have fun, and be safe! For more information about 4th of July safety, contact Great Falls Fire Rescue at 406-727-8070.