Fireworks Prohibited On National Forest Land

The Fourth of July holiday is a wonderful time to get outdoors and have fun with friends and family on Monongahela National Forest. In a press release from the USDA Forest Service dated June 28th, forest officials remind you to remember to bring your camera, but please leave fireworks at home. Possessing, igniting, discharging or using any kind of fireworks is prohibited on National Forest System lands.

Aaron Kendall, Fire Management Officer for Monongahela National Forest said “Setting off fireworks in the Forest is not only illegal, it is also a hazardous activity that can lead to injury and wildfires. We encourage Forest visitors to enjoy public fireworks displays in one of the communities in and around Monongahela National Forest.”

The public should call 911 in case of emergency; incidents on the Forest can also be reported via the Mid-Atlantic Coordination Center 24-hour dispatch line at (717) 980-3230.

The release warns that law enforcement personnel will be watchful again this year. The use or possession of fireworks on public lands is subject to confiscation and fines of up to $5,000 for an individual, $10,000 for an organization and/or up to six months in jail. In addition, anyone found responsible for starting a wildfire can be held civilly and criminally liable.

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