This photo shows an array of fireworks. Juneau Police Department this week reminded Juneau residents to adhere to the city's fireworks ordinance this holiday weekend. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

JPD encourages safe and respectful fireworks use for New Year’s

The weather may not be ideal for pyrotechnics as is.

The Juneau Police Department issued a news release Wednesday reminding Juneau residents of the City and Borough of Juneau’s guidelines for firework use over the New Year’s weekend.

Violation of firework ordinances is subject to a $250 fine, said Lt. Krag Campbell in a news release. Fireworks are permitted on Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to midnight and on Jan. 1 from midnight to 1 a.m. and 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Concussive fireworks, defined by JPD as mines and tube-launched shells (mortars), are allowed on private property outside the city fire service area. The fire service includes everything between the end of Thane Road to Cohen Drive, including all of Lemon Creek and the Mendenhall Valley. On Douglas, the fire service area runs from Sandy Beach to the North Douglas boat launch and up to the houses on Fish Creek Road.

Within the fire service area, Roman candles, bottle rockets, helicopter rockets and soft-casing firecrackers are permitted for the holiday on private property. Cone fountains, wheels and sparklers are allowed on private property and during the rest of the year as well from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information, review the city’s fireworks ordinance online.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at (757) 621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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