It's the time of year to celebrate, and Burleigh County Emergency Services want to remind citizens to have fun this summer while recreating and celebrating events. July 4th usually brings large events and social outings.
Fireworks can be legally sold June 27th thru July 5th and December 26th thru January 1st (NDCC 23-15-01); however, fireworks may not be utilized or possessed within the City of Bismarck. Fireworks are permitted in rural Burleigh County, rural Morton County, and within the City of Mandan.
- Bismarck: Fireworks prohibited in Bismarck. Sale, possession or discharge of fireworks within city limits is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and fines of up to $1,000.
- Lincoln: The use of fireworks within the corporate limits of the City is allowed from July 1-5. Time of use shall be limited to between the hours of 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on July 1, 2, 3, and 5 and from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. on July 4. A law enforcement officer may take into their possession any fireworks found in violation. No child under the age of eight shall use any fireworks without the direct supervision of another person sixteen years of age or older. Violation shall be considered an offense, for which a fine of not more than $1,000, or imprisonment not to exceed 30 days, or both, may be imposed.
- Burleigh County: No restrictions; however, if the fireworks cause damage, the citizen can be criminally liable as well as civilly liable for damages.
City of Mandan and Morton County
Burleigh County Parks
Fireworks are prohibited in Burleigh County Parks: Kimball Bottoms, McLean Bottoms, Swenson Park, Kniefel Landing\Burnt Creek Area, Steckel Boat Ramp Area, Mitchell Lake, and Driscoll Sibley Park. The Burleigh County Park Board has rules and regulations to prohibit the use of fireworks in the above listed Burleigh County Parks. The prohibition of fireworks is for the safety and quiet enjoyment of park users; fire danger; consistency with adjacent Corp of Engineer and ND State Game & Fish lands; and to lessen the cost of clean-up following.
ND State Parks
Fireworks are banned in all North Dakota State Parks ($50 fine), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' land (a $125 fine) and National Parks within the State.
Citizens are asked to properly dispose of their used fireworks as well as an accompanying packaging.
The following conditions will prohibit the use of fireworks: When a Burleigh County Burn Ban is in effect, or when a Red Flag Warning is issued, or when the ND Rangeland Fire Danger Index is in the Very High or Extreme Index.