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Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day and with the 4th of July holiday rapidly approaching, Park County Sheriff Scott Steward reminds residents that while celebrating the birthday of our nation with consumer fireworks is a tradition, it can also lead to tragedy if not done so safely.  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 240 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.
“Most injuries surrounding the use of consumer fireworks could have been prevented if they had been used under close adult supervision,” Sheriff Steward said.  “I urge residents to use extra caution during the holiday and practice common sense safety measures.”
The National Council on Fireworks Safety and Consumer Products Safety Commission offer these safety tips for using consumer fireworks in hopes that injuries to consumers can be greatly reduced this season:
- Know your fireworks.  Read the warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting.  Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities and never allow young children to handle, play with or ignite fireworks.  Over 31% of all fireworks injuries each year are from sparklers, which burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.

- Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.  Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse and never point or throw fireworks at another person.

- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.  Fireworks should only be used outdoors. 

- Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks and always wear eye protection.  After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

- Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

- Never attempt to alter or modify consumer fireworks and use them only in the manner in which they were intended. 
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.

- Obey all laws.  In Park County, fireworks are legal only on private property, outside of the city limits.  This excludes the National Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property.  And it is illegal to launch fireworks from your property over your neighbor’s property without their permission. 

The Park County Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July.  If you have any questions or wish to report the possible illegal use of fireworks, please contact the Communications Center at 307-527-8700.




Non-Emergency Numbers
  (307) 527-8700
Powell: (307) 754-8700

Sheriff’s Civil Process &

Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cody:   (307) 527-8710
Powell: (307) 754-8710

General Fax Number:
Cody:   (307) 527-8708
Powell: (307) 754-8708

Sheriff’s Detention Center:
Cody:   (307) 527-8750
Powell: (307) 754-8750

Detention Center Administrative Assistant:
(307) 527-8714 or
(307) 754-8714

Park County/ Cody Law
Enforcement Center
1402 River View Drive
Cody, WY 82414

Sheriff Scott Steward recently announced the appointment of Deputy Patrick Geraghty to the department’s patrol division.  Deputy Geraghty was reassigned from the Park County Detention Facility and will begin his new duties immediately.  He will patrol out of the Cody District.  He replaces long-time Deputy Aaron Rose who recently retired.  “Patrol deputies are primarily responsible for providing public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations,” said Sheriff Steward.  “I have the utmost confidence that Deputy Geraghty will serve the citizens of Park County in the manner to which they have come to expect; with pride, compassion, and professionalism.”
Deputy Geraghty has been with the Park County Sheriff’s Office since 2012 where he served as deputy in the detention facility.  He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he completed tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as other deployments in Southeast Asia.  Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he relocated to the Cody area in 2009.  He attended Kent State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology.  Pat also served with the Wyoming Division of Game and Fish prior to becoming a deputy.  Deputy Geraghty currently resides in Cody with his wife, Kari and their three children; two boys ages 12 and 3 as well as their infant daughter. 

  • Population - (28,702 from 2012 Census iinformation)

• The county seat is Cody.

• The county contains the
majority of Yellowstone
National Park's total area. 


The Park County Sheriff's Office is committed to providing you the public with the information on how we are doing. Keeping the public informed is and always will be something that we strongly believe is important to both us and ultimately the members of the public. We strive to provide that information that is allowed by Wyoming State Statute and will provide performance reports as they become available. Check out our news page which has not only our media bulletin, but shows our patrol statistics by month. (Adobe Acrobat Viewer is required to read the files) Visit to download your free copy. We welcome any feedback from the public on how we are doing.

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