The City of Missoula reminds the public that the use of most fireworks in the city of Missoula is illegal.
City leaders are asking 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.
In addition, fireworks are now illegal in the newly annexed areas on the west end of the city.
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, working 24 hours a day from June 28 through July 4 is 258-4850.