City Council Approves Ordinance to Restrict Fireworks Use

The City of Lawrenceburg, during a specially called city council meeting tonight, passed the ordinance to restrict fireworks.  But it was not without controversy.

The ordinance, which was read for the first time during Monday’s normal city council meeting, amended the original fireworks ordinance to restrict the times and dates when consumer fireworks can be fired.  The restrictions were meant to curtail extended fireworks use that drew large criticism last year around 4th of July.

The amendments as stated requires fireworks may only be fired from June 27th through July 11th during the times of 10am to 10pm.  On any Friday or Saturday that falls during that date range, the hours are extended until 11pm.  And on 4th of July, the latest fireworks can be fired is 12 midnight. The midnight limit is also extended to any rain date of the city’s official public fireworks display.  The city fire chief also has the authority to call off all fireworks in case of adverse weather conditions.  Other additions included a permit system for public fireworks displays for events and organizations.

During today’s special meeting, Council member Steve Rucker was concerned about banning fireworks use throughout the rest of the year.  “I am a bit uncomfortable prohibiting carte blanche the use of any kind of firework inside the corporate city limits of Lawrenceburg for 11/12th of the year.”

He proposed a possible modification to the ordinance to allow for fireworks usage during other parts of the year, including other holidays.  However, the original amended ordinance was passed by the council with Rucker voting against it.

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