Police: As July 4 approaches, use fireworks in responsible way


Courtney Fletcher

Barrett Browne looks at the selection of fireworks at the Balfour family fireworks stand on 11th Avenue in Sidney.

Firework stands throughout Nebraska – including Cheyenne County – opened up shop last week. Since then, the Sidney Police Department has been fielding calls from some residents complaining about the noise, smell and smoke emitted from the combusting devices.

Sidney has a few city regulations regarding fireworks, but largely follows state statutes.

Within city boundaries, setting off fireworks is prohibited after 10 p.m. – except for the Fourth of July when that time is extended to midnight. Fireworks are also prohibited in Legion Park.

While Nebraska statutes set forth more rules for...

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