If the Dickinson Fire Department has its way, firework sales within city limits will be prohibited with adoption of the 2012 International Fire Code.

The International Fire Code does not allow for the sale of fireworks within city limits and Dickinson didn’t either, until the adoption of the 2009 fire code in 2011, Fire Chief Bob Sivak said.

Land north of Dickinson, where Memory Fireworks traditionally set up shop in the week or so before Independence Day when fireworks can be sold in North Dakota, was annexed into the city shortly before the adoption of the 2009 fire code, Sivak said. The city decided to amended the code to allow for the sale of fireworks within city limits so businesses wouldn’t be affected by the annexation.

“At the time, we looked at it as a possibility of actually helping the situation of control within city limits because the use of fireworks within city limits is prohibited and it has been for many, many years with the adoption of the code,” Sivak said.

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