City council committee aims to increase enforcement of fireworks law


MISSOULA, Mont. -  A Missoula City Council Committee wants to increase enforcement for the city's no fireworks ordinance.

Missoula Police Chief Mark Muir and Fire Chief Jason Diehl both presented the Public Safety and Health Committee with enforcement plans for July 1 - 4, 2013. Both center around a no tolerance policy for the city's current no fireworks law.

It seems the city council wants us to switch from an educational good neighbor approach which we've done for a number of years, to more of an enforcement based and really a zero tolerance," said Diehl.

In addition to increased enforcement the committee has also drafted revisions to the current ordinance. None of the proposed changes are major; most just clean up language and provide a better outline of penalties. The ordinance lists a $100 fine for the first offense and a $300 fine for the second offense (in the same calendar year).

A public hearing on the changes to the ordinance is set for Monday, June 17. It will take place during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting.

To read the draft ordinance as well as the city's plans for increased enforcement click here.

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