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Fireworks not allowed on national forest lands

GLADSTONE — The Fourth of July is one of America’s great landmark holidays, celebrating our nation’s independence. It is also a great time to enjoy nearby forests and grasslands. However, it is vitally important that all users are aware that possessing, igniting, discharging or using any kind of fireworks is prohibited on National Forest System (NFS) lands.

Fireworks on National Forest Lands are illegal and can cause wildfires

“Setting off fireworks in a national forest is not only illegal, it is also a hazardous activity that can lead to injury and wildfires,” said Cid Morgan, Hiawatha National Forest Supervisor. “We want folks to come out and enjoy their public lands, but please leave the fireworks at home.” Morgan encourages forest visitors to check with local communities for fireworks displays.

Forest visitors are also reminded to ensure that all fires are extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving them.

Fines up to $5,000 and/or Six Months in Jail

The use or possession of fireworks on federal lands is subject to confiscation and fines of up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail. In addition, anyone found responsible for starting a wildfire may be held civilly and criminally liable for the cost of suppressing the fire.

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