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Great Falls P.D. to Step Up New Years Enforcement

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Out with the old in with the new as the year 2014 fast approaches us here in the electric city, and as we celebrate the New Year city officers want you to be safe.

"The rules are very similar to the 4th of July; the difference is the time and day that you can set them off. Fireworks are only allowed within the city limits between 10 o'clock on New Year's Eve through 12:30 that morning so you have about a 2 1/2 hour window to take care," explains Sergeant Slavik.

According to the Great Falls Police Department if you plan to celebrate with fireworks you cannot set them off on public land.

"It has to be on privet property it can't be in a public parking lot, schools, parking sideways, those types of things and streets. It has to be on privet property,"says Slavik.

If you are caught violating these rules you may have to pay a hefty fine.

"The fines are progressive the 1st offense is $100, the 2nd is 100 dollars up until till it is add to a maximum of 400 dollars on what you were doing or how many times you were found," says Slavik.

Sergeant, Slavik adds that Great Falls P.D. will be stepping up its enforcement to ensure the safety of all great falls citizens.

"Enforcement across the state including Great Falls has stepped up quite a bit we have extra patrols out that evening that are specifically designed to watch for drunk and impaired driving. They will take a look at loud parties that are disturbing the peace. Just because it's New Years Eve doesn't mean we have the right to sit there and disturb everybody else who wants to have it peaceful and quite so. We have about six extra officers who are working that evening who will be enforcing those particular codes," says Slavik.

Sergeant Slavik also wishes to express for those with children to heed caution when letting them around any fireworks.

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