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Wendy Reuer, Published March 03 2014

West Fargo passes ordinance allowing fireworks on July Fourth, New Year's Eve

WEST FARGO - Residents here will be able to shoot off fireworks within the city limits on two days each year.

The West Fargo City Commission passed the second reading of a new ordinance that will allow residents ages 12 or older to set off fireworks until 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and until midnight on the Fourth of July.

West Fargo police proposed the ordinance change after Chief Arland Rasmussen said his department responded to 58 fireworks complaints last July Fourth. The ordinance will make shooting off fireworks during that time legal, but anyone shooting off fireworks outside of those time frames could face a citation.

Officers responding to any complaints of firework use in the city can issue a citation on the spot, Assistant Police Chief Mike Reitan said.

“They can either elect to appear in court and contest the charge or they can pay the fine and be on their way,” Reitan said.

Fargo does not allow fireworks within the city limits but Jamestown, Valley City and Williston permit fireworks on the Fourth of July, and Mandan recently decided to allow fireworks on New Year’s Eve within the city.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530