Fireworks Safety

Millions of Americans will enjoy 4th of July celebrations.  There are many public displays while many will be using consumer fireworks.  Use this holiday celebration for your enjoyment and be safe!

The sale of fireworks in North Dakota is from June 27 to July 5th.   Retail hours in Valley City are limited to 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  The City of Valley City also has a fireworks ordinance which states the days of detonation or using your fireworks and is not the same as the state.  The times of use for Valley city are as follows:

July 1-3:  8 am until 11 pm

July 4th:  8 am until midnight and then past midnight on July 5 until 1:00 am

July 5th:  8 am until 11 pm

You must be 12 years of age to purchase fireworks in Valley City and all of North Dakota.

Bottle rockets are illegal to buy and sell in North Dakota.  The use, detonation, or explosion of bottle rockets and roman candles is prohibited in Valley City.  Thousands of injuries occur

from fireworks each year, mostly from carelessness.  Do not become complacent during

your time of entertainment.    Things can go bad in a hurry.  This can be the best of

times and this can be the worst of times. 

Supervision is critical.  Adults must take this responsibility seriously.  Be strict on the proper use of fireworks.  Alcohol and fireworks are a very dangerous combination.  Choose an open space to set off the fireworks.    Use a flat, heavy board on level ground with bricks to hold your aerial devices steady. 

  • Keep spectators at a safe distance:  40 ft for aerial fireworks. 
  • Have a bucket of water and a garden hose close by.
  • Have eye protection for those setting off the displays.
  • Wear clothing that will protect your skin. 
  • Use a barbecue lighter or a punk to light your fireworks.
  • Do not try to light dud fireworks that did not go off.
  • Do not alter fireworks, and do not detonate using cans or glass bottles.
  • Put all used fireworks in a garbage can and wet down with the water hose.
  • Do not put the garbage can in the garage for the night.

Your enjoyment for the 4th can be a good one if you use good safety practices.  There are many who wished they did because they are living with some very ugly scars.     PLEASE USE YOUR FIREWORKS SAFELY.

Scott Magnuson is the Fire Chief of the Valley City Fire Department.

Your Health is coordinated by City County Health District.

Buying & Using Fireworks in Valley City

Buying & Using Fireworks in Valley City
Valley City’s Fireworks Regulations for the July Independence Days

The city ordinance indicates:

The sale of fireworks starts June 27th of each year and ends July 5th.

The days of detonation or using your fireworks ARE NOT the same as the sale days.

Fireworks may be detonated on the following days:

  • July 1st  from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • July 2nd from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • July 3rd from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • July 4th from 8:00 AM to July 5th at 1:00 AM
  • July 5th from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM

You must be at least 12 years of age to buy fireworks.

2nd Annual Valley City Battle of Badges Blood Drive

Give Blood! Help make everyday moments possible for patients in need.

Tuesday, October 16 11:30 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday, October 17 11:30 am to 6:00 pm
Stoudt-Ross Ford Showroom

For appointment call 800-917-4929
or online at
Sponsor code: valleycity

Please bring your photo ID and donor card. Free cholesterol testing with every donation!

To print a poster, please download this file.

Local Law Enforcement & City-County Health District Launch Anonymous Tip Line

Free app allows residents to send anonymous tips directly to police from their smartphone

VALLEY CITY, ND – February 12, 2018 – The Valley City Police Department now allows the public to share important public safety information anonymously by sending them a secure message about crimes or suspicious activity in Valley City via a free smartphone app and text line.

Used by over 1,200 communities throughout the U.S. and many communities in North Dakota, tip411 enables anyone with a cell phone or web browser access to send anonymous tips to law enforcement. Tips are received via an interface that allows for secure web and text based conversations. Tip411 enables the public to share an anonymous tip with police and lets the officers respond back creating an anonymous two-way conversation.

The VC BarnesCo. Tips App puts a powerful new crime-fighting tool into the hands of community members of all ages. The App can be downloaded free via the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store.

“We believe the public is our greatest law enforcement resource,” said Police Chief Phil Hatcher of the Valley City Police Department. “Tip411 has been successful in communities across the U.S. and here in North Dakota. It is a safe and secure way for community members to share important information with police without the fear of retribution. It will help our residents play a more active role in keeping Valley City safe.”

Anyone with a cell phone may also send an anonymous tip to Valley City Police Department by texting VCPOLICE and their message/tip to 847411 (tip411). Tip411 should not be used in place of 911 in an emergency.

The VC BarnesCo. Tips App and tip411 anonymous text-a-tip system are 100% anonymous, as the technology removes all identifying information before police see the tip and there is no way to identify the sender.

“The Partnership for Success grant allows us to address underage drinking in Barnes County, and will support the first thirty-six months of tip line service,” said Katie Beyer, Prevention Specialist at City-County Health District. “We’ve enjoyed successful collaboration with law enforcement in the adoption of this service, and we commend their proactive approach to harm-reduction in our community.”

Valley City Public Schools and the Barnes County Sheriff’s Office also allow the public to share important public safety information via tip411. School Resource Officer Sean Hagen will manage the tip line for Valley City Public Schools using the keyword HILINERTIPS. Sheriff Randy McClaflin will manage the tip line for the rural areas of Barnes County using the keyword BCSHERIFF.

Those with questions are asked to call the Valley City Police Department at 701-845-3110.