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Fireworks season to kick off Saturday in Bozeman

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BOZEMAN, Mont. - Fireworks vendors will legally be able to sell their products beginning Saturday in Bozeman.

Bozeman prohibits fireworks launched over 15 feet in height and over 10 feet laterally within city limits. Sparklers are allowed as long as they are under 12 inches in length.

Residents are able to light fireworks starting July 3, from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., July 4 from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. and on July 5 from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Those celebrating can set off fireworks on private property with permission and on streets not classified as arterial or collector.

Violators can face fines up to $500.

Bozeman Police Sergeant Hal Richardson told NBC Montana the department rarely cites violators. Officers are more concerned with education and fire safety.

"You don't want fireworks landing on houses, you don't want fireworks landing in a lot of open fields in Bozeman," Richardson said. "The hotter it gets the drier that stuff gets, so obviously a huge concern is fires."

Richardson said in the last three years the department has received 295 complaints about fireworks but has only written three citations.

According to Richardson, there are areas in the county where fireworks over 15 feet in height are allowed by some homeowners associations.

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