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Police to enforce fireworks laws

By David Hotle | Jun 28, 2017

 

Even after the Washington City Council approved a fireworks ordinance that limits the shooting off of fireworks, the Washington Police Department has still been receiving calls about fireworks being shot in the city.

So far, the Washington Police Department has only been giving warnings and making people aware of the Washington fireworks ordinance. Washington Police Chief Greg Goodman said that could change.

“They are going to enforce it,” Goodman said. “I know they have been getting complaints but I don’t know if they have actually caught anybody in the act or not.”

On Tuesday, June 22, the Washington City Council passed an amended ordinance restricting fireworks use in Washington to between June 30 and July 8 and Dec. 31 through 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1. The amended code comes after many complaints regarding the use of fireworks in Washington since the state ban on fireworks was lifted earlier this year. Council members reported receiving messages from constituents regarding fireworks use in town. Several residents also attended the meeting to ask some kind of restriction be put on fireworks use, with many saying they wouldn’t mind an outright ban on fireworks use in Washington.

“If they are selling them, you can purchase them, but you can’t fire them,” Goodman said.

According to the law approved at the state level, fireworks can be sold on certain dates throughout the year. The law does not prohibit municipalities from passing ordinances restricting the use. Johnson County has banned fireworks use.

The state Legislature voted earlier this year to lift a sale ban on fireworks. Previously, the state banned the sales of most explosive fireworks after incidents involving property damage.

In 1931, five blocks of Spencer’s business district were destroyed after a boy dropped a lit sparkler into a fireworks display.

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