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Fuse burning on city firework ordinance

Aug 31, 2017

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


While Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson said he has been working on the ordinance amendment that would further limit the days the pyrotechnics can be used in the city, citizens are still asked to give their input on the issue.

Hinson said the new amendment that would limit summer fireworks use to two days around Independence Day, July 4, is almost complete. He has been working with Washington City Attorney Kevin Olson on the document and expects to have it ready for a possible first reading during the regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 5 in the Washington Public Library.

“It depends on how much time the discussion takes on the issue — the reading might be pushed off,” Hinson said. “I think we are going to try for this coming meeting.”

During the Aug. 15 meeting, the council approved drafting the ordinance that would limit the days per year fireworks could be used in town. The amendment also will limit the kinds of fireworks that can be used, proposing a ban on more powerful fireworks such as mortars. During the meeting several instances were cited from instances that had occurred in Washington this year that cited the more powerful fireworks as a safety risk.

The amendment will take three readings to pass at three consecutive council meetings. After approving the drafting of the resolution, the council asked people to continue giving input on the issue.

Since June, people have objected to the use of fireworks in council meetings. Others have also approached council members to ask the ordinance be kept the way it is.

An ordinance the council approved earlier this year limits fireworks use to the shooter’s own property. The ordinance also says fireworks can be used between June 30 and July 8 until 10 p.m. and on Dec. 31.

The new ordinance would allow fireworks to be used on New Year’s Eve, but limit the summer usage to July 3 and 4. The ordinance was passed quickly after the state approved fireworks usage so some kind of ordinance would be in place before Independence Day.

People wishing to sign a petition to ban fireworks in Washington can contact Susan See at 461-3855.

A petition also has been circulating to advocate for responsible use of fireworks and keeping the law the way it is.

The web address for a petition to keep the Washington ordinance the way it is can be found at the web address for the petition is https://jpcarroll12.wixsite.com/washingtonfireworks.

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