Changing its fireworks ordinance, the City of Auburn has decided regulating the sale and use of fireworks would be beneficial to the citizens and community as a whole.
At the Monday, Nov. 9th meeting of the city council, a first reading was held of the ordinance that will require a passing of a second reading before it is official. That is expected at the December meeting.
Because of the 2011 Kentucky General Assembly House Bill 333 expanding the type of fireworks permitted to be sold and used within the Commonwealth, local governments have authorization to enact ordinances regulating the sale and use of fireworks.
The Auburn City Council finds that it is in the best interests of the city to establish reasonable regulations involving the sale and use of fireworks in the city, including the issuance of local permits and the imposition of reasonable permit fees.
If this ordinance is passed, the law will now clarify and define those who sell fireworks within the City of Auburn and what is permitted. Some of those defined include ancillary fireworks retailers, permanent fireworks retailers and seasonal fireworks retailers.
Also defined in the prospective ordinance are fireworks themselves such as consumer fireworks, novelties, trick or noisemakers and display fireworks.
Persons may use, ignite, fire or explode fireworks authorized by KRS Chapter 227 and the new ordinance in the city only during the following dates and times:
July 1 thru July 5, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day.
December 24 and 25, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day.
December 31 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. on January 1.
January 1 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Fireworks, including consumer fireworks, shall not be ignited or discharged from a motor vehicle and shall not be ignited or discharged on the property of another without the consent of the owner or occupant. Fireworks shall not be ignited or discharged on public property. Exceptions may be made for special events at the discretion of the city council of the City of Auburn or its designee.
If the ordinance is passed, the City of Auburn will imposes fees to cover the cost of the inspection of facilities and the sale of fireworks due to the need to closely inspect and monitor the sale of fireworks. There will also be penalties for violations of the said ordinance and the possibility of revoking license due to violations.
The second reading and adoption is scheduled for the Dec. 14, 2015.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.