The City of Missoula reminds the public that the use of most fireworks in the city of Missoula is illegal, and City leaders ask for cooperation from citizens to help keep Missoula safe during the Independence Day holiday.
Fireworks are prohibited in the city, on City open space lands, on all U.S. Forest Service lands, within County parks and County-managed recreation areas and at all Fish, Wildlife and Parks fishing access sites. All of the Fort Missoula area, including the new Fort Missoula Regional Park, is within the city, and police officers and firefighters will watch the area for fireworks violations.
Police officers will provide extra enforcement of fireworks laws through the weekend and the Fourth of July. Fire Department firefighters will staff engines throughout the city. Firefighters as well as police officers have the authority to issue citations. The penalties are $100 plus court costs for a first offense and $300 plus court costs for a second offense during the same calendar year as the first offense.
The Fireworks Report Line, operated by the emergency dispatchers at the City-County Office of Emergency Management’s Missoula 9-1-1 Center, is working 24 hours a day from June 28 through July 4. To report violations, call 258-4850. Officers will respond to as many complaints as possible.
The Missoula City Council amended the fireworks ordinance in fall of 2014 to allow the sale and discharge of “novelty” fireworks in the city. Those include sparklers, party poppers and other small fireworks.