These new rules allowed for the purchase, possession and use of consumer fireworks. Each local unit of government was able to pass an ordinance limiting the use of fireworks on certain days — other than the day before, day of or day after 10 national holidays.
Since that new ruling has been in place, however, state officials have made some changes to it.
These latest changes have come in the form of the time one can light off fireworks. Communities with at least 50,000 residents or those in a county of at least 750,000 residents will be able to prohibit blasts between midnight and 8 a.m. on and around most holidays.
New Year's celebrations, however, must be allowed to continue until 1 a.m.
Smaller communities will be able to prohibit use from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. around all national holidays.
While these rules may seem logical, this just screams: “Should have gotten it right the first time.”
Numerous local communities have already gone through the effort to discuss the impact of fireworks on the community; many going as far as to restrict fireworks usage to the day before, during and after the national holidays.
This added time element would force communities to once again look at their fireworks policies.
In a time when people are trying to grasp the new law, throwing multiple changes at them isn’t the way to do business.
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