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Fireworks Allowed in Mandan City Limits Starting July 2nd

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Each city in the state has their own ordinance for fireworks.

Regardless of whether fireworks are allowed in city limits or not, people have been preemptively shooting them off.

"Every year, it happens every year." says Capt. David Wilkie, Dickinson Police Department.

Every year, most people look forward to shows like this, but before professionals put on a public fireworks show for everyone to enjoy, people start lighting off their own.

"We make it known every year that fireworks aren't allowed in city limits, you will be cited, if you are caught." says Capt. Wilkie, Dickinson.

In Dickinson and Bismarck, the discharge of fireworks is prohibited.

"We try to be proactive but there's so many fireworks that are going off, if you see our call log those are the complaints we got, I'm guessing that's 1/4 of what's happening in town." says Wilkie.

People often call to complain because of the noise and the hours.

In Bismarck they have made one arrest since the colorful explosions went on sale June 27th, but just across the river, July 2nd is a celebration day for people who love fireworks in Mandan.

"It's been a strong tradition here in Mandan, the use of fireworks, we did adjust the ordinance some years back, we shortened the number of days, the hours, gets looked at periodically." says Deputy Chief Paul Leingang, Mandan Police Department.

That's not to say people have not been pre-preemptively celebrating.

In Mandan they have given out nine citations since fireworks went on sale last Thursday.

"We live in a society where there's a lot of shift workers, nobody likes to pick up after someone else's mess, make sure you pick up your mess as well as safety thing." says Leingang.

He does think more people come to Mandan to light them off, just one more draw to the city with an outburst of 4th of July celebrations.

"I think that people that come back for vacations around the 4th of July festivities in Mandan, a lot of them partake in it too because it's not allowed in so many other jurisdictions, other cities and states so it's kind of a big thing for them." says Paul Leingang, deputy chief, Mandan Police Department.

In Mandan, you can start shooting fireworks off starting today at noon--until midnight

The same hours are allowed tomorrow, and on the fourth, you can light them in Mandan from noon to two in the morning on the fifth.

On thing you can't shoot off in Mandan--bottle rockets.

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