SHERIDAN — In the lead up to this year’s Fourth of July celebrations, local law enforcement agencies are reminding residents to remain aware of regulations concerning the discharge of fireworks in Sheridan County.
While their legality depends on several factors including location and land ownership, peace officers from several agencies said ultimate responsibility lies with citizens to know whether their actions are permissible.
“It’s a good idea not to set off fireworks unless you know for sure it’s legal in that area,” Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Allen Thompson said.
While fireworks are prohibited inside Sheridan and Dayton city limits, Ranchester residents are permitted to use fireworks on the Fourth of July. Additionally, limited detonation is permitted in rural areas of the county between June 27 and July 11.
Thompson said the use of fireworks on private property is usually not of concern for law enforcement, but that use on private property sometimes leads to problems beyond normal safety concerns.
“When they start doing it on public property it becomes a littering concern,” he said.
Additionally, some public property, while not necessarily labeled as such, is subject to specific prohibitions of fireworks usage.
Earlier this week, Sheridan Fire-Rescue issued a written statement warning residents to remain cautious when igniting fireworks of any kind. Included in the list were the following reminders:
• Wear eye and hearing protection and avoid synthetic clothing
• Ensure that the detonation site and landing area is clear of combustible materials
• Keep children away from all fireworks
• Never alter or attempt to manufacture fireworks
• Never attempt to relight failed fireworks
• Never hold fireworks while lighting
• Have an extinguisher on hand
• Never direct fireworks toward buildings, vehicles or people
In addition to all areas within city limits, fireworks remain illegal as always within the boundaries of the Bighorn National Forest.