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Rims expected to be closed for Independence Day

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

The Fourth of July is only a few weeks away. Last year, as an experiment, former Fire Chief Paul Dextras did not close off the Rims for Independence Day.

Chief Bill Rash was working as the assistant fire chief last year when the Rims were not closed off. This year, however, they will be closed.

Chief Rash said last year, firefighters witnessed  incidents of fireworks landing halfway up the Rims and were not able to be retrieved. He said nothing catastrophic came of it, but said those incidents could have turned dangerous, very rapidly.

Therefore, the Rims will be closed beginning July 3rd at 6 p.m. from Main Street along the southside of Highway 3. This will cover Swords Park and Zimmerman Park. Phipps park will be closed as well.

"If fireworks go off and they catch things on fire, it can go from literally nothing to burning homes down," Chief Rash said. "We just believe that's a very important thing that we need to do everything within our power to try to prevent."

The Rims will reopen the morning of July 5th.

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