Lighting off fireworks is a fun tradition for New Years and the Fourth of July.
But, just as fun as they can be, the activity can also be dangerous.
This is why the Dickinson city commission took the advice of the fire department to prohibit the sale of fireworks within city limits.
The Dickinson fire department cited the fires that can be caused by the product and the trash left behind as a factor to not allow sales in the city.
The fire department says they get a number of fireworks complaints from people about noise.
They also say they talked with other cities who recommended them to not allow for the sale of fireworks.
Fire Marshal Mark Selle also says the fireworks code confused many residents.
“And they go, well why can we buy them in town and can’t use them in town, so they were confused on why they couldn’t,” he said. “If you can buy them in town you should be able to use them in town so we are just trying to get the consistent message out to make sure we eliminate these nuisances.”
According to the fire department, fireworks have caused 22 fires in the past five years.
Dickinson police captain David Wilke says it’s hard to enforce the fireworks use law because it’s either you can’t find the people responsible or the people who complain wait to long to call it in.
“If somebody is shooting fireworks in your neighborhood and its bothering you call right away,”Wilke said. “It will give us a chance to get there early it will give us a chance to know who is firing them off and take care of it properly.”
Wilke says he hopes a stiffer penalty that will be mulled by the city commission next Monday will deter people from using fireworks.
The city commission will also take a look and see if they should fine people 150 dollars for their use of fireworks within city limits.
“All we’re asking to do is to have the sale to move out of city limits so the confusing message to the community is removed so if you can’t buy in the city limits, you can’t use in the city limits,” Selle said.
The city commission will revisit the ban to see if vendors should be able to sell within city limits in the next couple of weeks.