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Missoula Cracks Down on Fireworks in City Limits

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Missoula city officials said they've put in extra efforts this summer to warn the public it's illegal to shoot off fireworks within city limits.

City officials said they've put out four radio public service announcements and a large print advertisement about the consequences of violating the ordinance.

They also urge citizens to report violations, by calling the city-county "Fireworks Report Line" at 258-4850.

Police and fire department leaders have scheduled extra patrols during the holiday week, starting tonight.

"We're hoping that people are tuning into television, radio, print news, our web site, so that they have a heads up that there will be this extra enforcement this year," said Ginny Merriam, City Communications Director.

City Council members recently revised the city's fireworks ordinance, which now allows firefighters to issue citations in addition to police officers.

The penalties are $100 for a first offense and $300 for repeat offenses.

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