Mat-Su Borough officials announced Thursday that New Year’s Eve fireworks may legally be set off within borough boundaries from 6 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1.
According to borough spokesperson Stefan Hinman, fireworks are illegal in the following locations
• Within 1,250 feet of any health care facility or assisted living space, library, school, or place of worship.
• Within 500 feet of any gas station or business where flammable fuels are stored
• Within, or from any structure or vehicle.
The changes to borough code date to last year, when the Mat-Su Borough Assembly overturned a complete ban on fireworks that had been in place since 1969.
Hinman says discharging fireworks on private property is only allowed with the property owner’s permission. Rules for the cities of Palmer, Wasilla and Houston are different.
More information, including some fireworks safety tips, is available on the borough’s website or by phone from Code Compliance at 907-745-9853.