Fourth of July is coming up quickly and here are the rules set forth by the City of Great Falls.

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1.  You can only shoot off fireworks on July 2,3 and 4.

2.  You can ONLY SHOOT THEM OFF between the hours of 8am and midnight..

3.  BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR.  Be respectful if you have a neighbor that gets up early, be respectful to those that have pets and above all, be respectful if you have a neighbor who is a veteran.

4.  Fireworks can only be shot off on private property,  not in a city park, on a public sidewalk OR IN A STREET.

5. Clean up after yourself. Don't leave used fireworks laying around.

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Police and fire will be on full alert and will be ticketing those that violate.

Here are the fines you could face according to the city of Great Falls.

9.9.050 - Enforcement.

B. Any official charged with enforcing these rules and regulations may;

1.  Issue a Notice to Appear to Great Falls Municipal Court for violations of this Chapter;

2.  Seize illegal fireworks that are offered for sale, sold, or in the possession of any individual in violations of this Chapter; and

3.  Recommend to the Planning and Community Development Department that any wholesaler/retailer found in violation of this chapter have his/her permit revoked.

C.  Any person who violates these rules and regulations shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to the following fines: (Ord. 3158, 2017; Ord. 2664, 1994).

1.  1st Offense—One hundred dollars ($100.00).

2.  2nd Offense—Two hundred dollars ($200.00).

3.  3rd Offense—Three hundred dollars ($300.00).

4.  4th and higher—One thousand dollars ($1,000.00).

(Ord. 3158, 2017; Ord. No. 3057, § 1, 8-17-2010)

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In a press release sent out this week Great Falls Fire and Rescue reminds everyone

“Our goal at Great Falls Fire Rescue is to educate residents about fire prevention and safety. Annually, fireworks start over 19,000 fires and send over 9,000 people to the Emergency Room each year. We hope that through proper education and use of fireworks, the citizens of Great Falls will not be part of these statistics. Know the rules, pay attention, and stay safe,” stated Mike McIntosh, Assistant Chief Fire Prevention.

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My two big German Shepherds just hated the Fourth of July. My girl Bella used to run into the bathroom, push the shower curtain aside, and lay down in the tub. My sweet guy Zeus who weighed about 100 pounds would try to get in my lap every time I sat down, or would try to hide in the space between the toilet and the tub!

The dog who likes fireworks probably is a good hunting dog too. But, not mine, and not a lot of other dogs on the Fourth of July. But there are things you can do to help your furry kid get through fireworks season without going totally insane.

The American Kennel Club has all kinds of advice on how to get your pooch through the entire summer in good shape. But for the Independence Day holiday, they have 10 tips on how to keep your dog calm.

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