City of Lander to allow fireworks on New Year’s Eve

By Joshua Scheer, reporter,

(Lander, Wyo.) – The City of Lander will be temporarily lifting its ban on fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

Every year the city lifts the ban for the Fourth of July, but this year due to dry conditions and low water availability the ban remained in place. At the time the city said it would consider lifting the fireworks ban on New Year’s Eve should the conditions warrant it.

“We are going to do it,” confirmed Mayor Mick Wolfe in an interview Wednesday. “We’re glad we’re able to do it.”

The fireworks ban will be lifted at 10 a.m. on Dec. 31 and will go back into effect at 1 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2012.

“I think it’s a wonderful thing,” said city Clerk Robin Griffin.

Lander Police Lt. Chuck Carr said New Year’s Eves are not as busy for the department as they used to be and said he doesn’t expect fireworks to cause many additional problems.

“I don’t expect it to be out of hand, but you never know,” he said, noting this is the first time fireworks have been allowed on that night. “I could be totally wrong.”