Once again, Independence Day is upon us and the Grangeville Police Department wants to remind you that only safe and sane fireworks are permitted in the city limits. There is a zero tolerance policy toward the possession and use of fireworks defined as dangerous.
Per Grangeville city ordinance 6-5-1, unlawful possession of dangerous fireworks is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of not more than $300 or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Safe and sane fireworks may only be sold and discharged from noon on June 29 to midnight on July 5.
Dangerous fireworks are defined as follows:
A. Firecrackers, cannon crackers, giant crackers, salutes, silver tube salutes, cherry bombs, mines, ground bombardment, grasshoppers and other explosive articles of similar nature;
B. Blank cartridges;
C. Sky rockets and rockets, including all similar devices employing any combustible or explosive material and which rise in the air during discharge;
D. Roman candles, including all devices which discharge balls of fire into the air;
E. Chasers and whistles, including all devices which dart or travel about the surface of the ground during discharge;
F. Snakes and hats containing bichloride of mercury;
G. Sparklers more than 10 inches in length or one-quarter inch in diameter;
H. All articles for pyrotechnic display such as aerial shells, salutes, flash shells, sky battles, parachute shells, mines, Dago bombs and similar devices;
I. All torpedoes which explode by means of friction, or which contain arsenic, and all other similar fireworks devices including cracker balls;
J. Fire balloons or balloons of any type which have burning material of any kind attached thereto.
Safe and sane fireworks includes any of the following:
A. Cone fountains with pyrotechnic composition not exceeding 50 grams each;
B. Cylindrical fountains, whether base, spike or handle, with pyrotechnic composition not exceeding 75 grams each and inside tube diameter not exceeding three-quarters inch;
C. Sparklers and “dipped sticks” not more than 10 inches in length or one-quarter inch in diameter and Suzuki and Morning Glories with pyrotechnic composition not exceeding four grams each;
D. Snakes which do not contain bichloride of mercury and pyrotechnic composition not exceeding two grams each;
E. Wheels with pyrotechnic composition not exceeding 60 grains for each driver unit or 240 grains for each complete wheel. The inside tube diameter of driver unit shall not exceed one-half inch;
F. Whistles, without report and which do not dart or travel about the ground during discharge with pyrotechnic composition not exceeding six grams and containing not picric or gallic acid.
The Grangeville Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July! Help keep Grangeville clean by picking up spent fireworks.