PLEASE READ BEFORE THE DISCHARGE OF ANY FIREWORKS ON
~~NEW YEARS EVE ONLY~~
Fireworks can create fire and safety hazards.
The private use of fireworks is prohibited in all of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough outside the city limits throughout the year with the exception of NEW YEARS EVE.
The discharge of Class C common fireworks shall be allowed annually without a permit on private property with the permission of the property owner and under the direct supervision of a person 21 years or older, during the seven hour period beginning at 6:00pm on December 31st and ending at 1:00am on January 1st
EXCEPT IN THESE RESTRICTED AREAS:
- Within one thousand two hundred fifty (1,250') feet of any health care facility or assisted living facility, library, school or place of worship.
- Within five hundred (500') feet of any automotive service station or other premises where flammable liquids or gases are stored.
- Within or from any structure or vehicles.
REMEMBER TO BE RESPECTFUL AND RESPONSIBLE WHEN USING FIREWORKS ON NEW YEARS EVE!!
Fireworks are Prohibited in the Matanuska Susitna Borough
*WITH THE EXCEPTION OF NEW YEARS EVE
PLEASE REFER TO MSB 8.35
(MSB Code 8.35)
Fireworks are also prohibited in the cities of Palmer and Wasilla.
It is ILLEGAL for a person to discharge fireworks on ANY Borough, State or Federal land.
Penalties for illegal use of fireworks include fines of up to $500.00 per violation.
Within the City of Houston fireworks MAY be legally used ONLY on PRIVATE land with the permission of the landowner. Use of fireworks within the City of Houston is prohibited by state law when the Alaska Division of Forestry issues bans on burning.
From April 1 to August 31 a person who throws away lighted tobacco, cigar, cigarette, match, firecracker, or other burning material on forested land, whether public or private, is guilty of a misdemeanor under state law.
Public display of fireworks may be allowed in the borough only if a permit has been issued.
Permits for Public Displays require safety precautions and insurance provisions.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch an authorized public display. If you choose to discharge fireworks in a legal area, remember these tips.
- Always check with the Fire Department, Alaska Division of Forestry and Alaska State Troopers to make sure special bans on fireworks and/or burning are not in effect.
- Always follow the directions
- Have a sober adult present
- Use only outdoors and do not use them near dry grass or other flammable materials
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person or an animal
- Do not carry them in your pockets, and keep water handy
Remember, fireworks can cause wildfires and serious personal injury
Current Burn Restrictions and Fire Hazard status for the Mat-Su district is available via the following link:
Mat-Su Area Permits
For more information about fireworks in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, contact the Borough Code Compliance office at 745-9853.
MSB 8.35 Fireworks Control
Fireworks Complaint Form
Public Display of Fireworks Permit Application
The Alaska Division of Forestry Issues Burn Permits:
For small burns (10 feet X 10 feet or smaller), a General Permit is required from the Division of Forestry.
For larger burns contact a Prevention Officer in the Division of Forestry at 761-6305.NOTE: EPA & DEC regulations prohibit the burning of plastics, hydrocarbons and synthetic materials. When dispatched to an outdoor fire call, fire personnel must extinguish even small fires containing these products.
Final Note: Burn permit violations and/or EPA-DEC violations may result in a fine. Obtain burn permits, follow burn permit requirements, and burn safely. If you observe an illegal or unsafe outdoor burn call 911 for a fire response.
MONITOR ANY CHILDREN IN THE AREA WHEN BURNING
ALWAYS BURN SAFELY!