City Council has approved new regulations that aim to restrict when and where residents and visitors can light off fireworks in the city.
The new regulations were unanimously approved Monday night by an emergency vote, meaning the ordinances take effect immediately instead of having to wait out the normal 20-day period.
These new regulations restrict the use of fireworks to only national holidays and the second Saturday of the annual Coast Guard Festival. Amateur pyrotechnicians are allowed to fire off their favorite mortars, bottle rockets and other devices the day preceding, the day of and the day following these holidays.
The lone exception is "Coast Guard Saturday," or the first Saturday of August. Fireworks can be set off that day, but not on the days before or after it.
Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said there were 15 complaints regarding fireworks in the city this past weekend. City Manager Pat McGinnis noted the high volume of fireworks being set off in his own neighborhood — several days before the Fourth of July holiday.
Without amendments to current ordinances, McGinnis said the city would have been unable to regulate the use of fireworks.
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