Broken Bow Fireworks Stand to Open Saturday

BROKEN BOW – The Broken Bow Fireworks Stand hangs its annual shingle starting Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m. and stays open through Independence Day.

In a press release, the Broken Bow Police Department outlined city ordinances designed to keep everyone, and their Fourth of July celebrations, safe. These include regulations regarding where and how fireworks may be discharged.

It is unlawful, according to the Broken Bow City Ordinance, to “use, discharge, or explode any fireworks within any building or in the vicinity of any person or property in a manner that exposes such person or property to injury or damage,” and to “throw any fireworks from or into a motor vehicle, onto any street, highway or sidewalk, at or near any person, into any building or into or at any group of persons.”

The same ordinance gives City Council the right to ban or further limit the sale and discharge of fireworks in the event of dry weather or other weather hazards.

Within city limits, fireworks may be discharged from Saturday, June 25, to Sunday, July 3 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., and on Monday, July 4, from 9 a.m. to midnight.

State law prohibits discharging illegal fireworks including but not limited to M-80s, cherry bombs, flying lanterns, and wire sparklers, though bottle rockets and nighttime parachutes are now allowed in Nebraska.

Police Chief Scott reminds everyone to be responsible despite the revelry: “For your own personal safety and the safety of the community, we ask that you use caution with your display,” Chief Scott said.  “And after your celebration, the Broken Bow Police Department requests that you clean up your mess. Please gather up the paper and other refuse and dispose of it properly.”

Questions regarding fireworks policies may be directed to Chief Scott at 872-6424.