A message from Blaine Police Department: We want to offer everyone a friendly reminder to use fireworks safely and legally this holiday season.
By state law, consumer-grade fireworks from licensed stands in the community can be discharged between June 28 and July 5. The times when use is legal varies by day. Use or discharge is legal from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 29 to July 3, from 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4 and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 5.
A glitch in Blaine’s city ordinance mentions fireworks use on July 6, but is superceded by state law, which makes use and discharge on July 6 illegal. There are stiff penalties for using fireworks outside legal times, and officers patrol for violations in the city limits.
Children and adolescents should always be supervised when fireworks are being used, and everyone should be wary of fire and injury risks. Even consumer-grade fireworks can be dangerous when misused.
Enjoy your holiday, and let your neighbors enjoy theirs as well. The city ordinance was recently changed, and the period of use will be reduced next year in 2012.