Fireworks ordinances govern time of use

This year’s 4th of July was a big one in Logan County. There were many events taking place in our community to celebrate including Thunder Over Lewisburg and fireworks at the Fish and Game Club. But there has also been a huge display of fireworks by the citizens as well.

On July 4th while driving through the cities and county, you could hear lots of booming and see lots of beautiful colors lighting up the sky for hours. Logan County’s patriotism was very evident and many enjoyed the displays. However, now that our nation’s birthday has passed, it’s important to remind those of the laws surrounding fireworks and the continuation of their use after the 4th of July.

In 2012, the city of Russellville passed an ordinance regulating fireworks and the display of such for sale. There was concern for the sound as louder fireworks have become disruptive in the late evening to early morning hours.

When Russellville passed its ordinance to regulate fireworks, they included when persons may ignite, fire or explode them. The dates and times listed that are allowed in the City of Russellville during the year:

July 1 through July 5, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. each day

Dec. 24 and 25, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day; from 10 a.m. on Dec. 31 until 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, and on Jan. 1 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

“Enforcement is left up to the police department,” said Russellville Code Enforcement Officer Terry Stuart. “If they get a complaint, they send me a message and then I can go out and address the situation.” Stuart said so far he has received no complaints.

In all areas of the county fireworks shall not be ignited or discharged from a motor vehicle and shall not be ignited or discharged on property of another without consent of the owner or occupant or on public property. There are fines that can be assessed if you do not follow the laws.

The City of Adairville and Auburn only allows fireworks on the 4th of July, but they have to be over the day after. The City of Lewisburg has no rules governing when fireworks can be used and the county does not have a firework ordinance.

“We all need to be good neighbors and be mindful of one another,” said Auburn Mayor Mike Hughes. “We need to remember that people have to get up and go to work. As much as we love our country and show our respect on the 4th of July with the shooting of fireworks, we also have to be respectful of others after it is over.”

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