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City of Rugby issues fireworks restrictions

By Sue Sitter - | Jun 24, 2021

The Rugby City Council voted unanimously to approve fireworks restrictions within the Rugby city limits in a special meeting, held at noon at city hall June 24.

The city’s ban prohibits the use of fireworks when the North Dakota Fire Commission places the area in the “Extreme” fire danger category, or when state officials issue a Red Flag Warning for the area.

The council based the city fireworks restrictions on a county fireworks ban approved by the Pierce County Board of Commissioners June 22. The county ban prohibits the use of fireworks in “High, Very High or Extreme” fire danger conditions, or when state officials have issued a Red Flag Warning.

The council’s decision would trigger another special meeting by county commissioners June 25 to amend the county restrictions to allow for the city’s fireworks policy.

Rugby Police Chief John Rose, who answered questions by council members at the meeting, gave advice to Rugby residents about fireworks safety after the meeting adjourned.

“I would advise people to be alert to their surroundings,” Rose said. “Make sure you’re not (lighting fireworks) on a dry area. Make sure you’re watching the weather – don’t do it when it’s windy. Keep a bucket of water or a hose handy so if there’s a problem, you can extinguish a fire. Always have adult supervision.”

Rose said lighting fireworks on cement or asphalt surfaces instead of grass “would be best.”

“Make sure when you’re shooting off aerial devices, you have a good view and you’re not in an area with lots of trees or too close to someone else’s property,” Rose said, adding, “Be respectful of other people’s property. Also, remember to clean up afterwards. Remember general safety rules and don’t throw fireworks at other people. Be respectful of pets and animals, also.”

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