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GF Fire Department - Fireworks Safety Tips 

Grand Forks, ND – The 4th of July is certainly a time for celebration and brings with it the tradition of fireworks. 

The use of fireworks within the city limits of Grand Forks is against the law (city ordinance 9-0208) and the GF Fire Department advises not to use any fireworks at your home and attend the public celebration in downtown Grand Forks.  The firework professionals have received a permit issued by the East Grand Forks Fire Department.


Handling fireworks in a safe manner, if using them in an area that they are legal, can be done by practicing safety at all times. 


The Grand Forks Fire Department offers the following safety advice:


  • Children should never play with fireworks. 
  • Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If the firework does not go off, extinguish it and dispose of it properly. Do not investigate why it didn’t go off.
  • Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water or a hose nearby in case of accidents. 
  • Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting.
  • Point fireworks away from homes and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable substances.
  • Don’t allow children to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event.  Some may still be ignited and explode at that time.  
  • Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in a trash can.
  • Think about keeping everyone safe including your pets. 

Fireworks are meant to be enjoyed and taking these extra precautions will allow you and your family to have a safe 4th of July!  


The Grand Forks Fire Department protects the life and property of the people who live in, work in, and visit the City of Grand Forks. 

Our dedicated staff provides the following services:

  • Fire Suppression
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Hazardous Materials Response
  • High-Angle and Confined-Space Rescue
  • Inspection Survey
  • Vehicle-Accident Extrication
  • Structural Collapse Rescue
  • Fire Code Enforcement
  • Public Fire Education 


Chad Cutshaw, Interim Fire Chief - Email

Bruce Weymier, Administrative Battalion Chief - Email

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

1124 Demers Ave.
Grand Forks, ND 58201


701-746-2530 (fax)

Fire Suppression
24 hours a day - 7 days a week

Emergency – dial 911

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By meeting the need . . .
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