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Bourbon Town Council Amends Fireworks Ordinance

June 12, 2019

Fireworks Ordinance SmallThe Bourbon Town Council is revisiting the town’s ordinance on the use of fireworks. Police Chief Bill Martin had asked for clarification on enforcement and if the local ordinance mirrored state statutes.

During the June 11 council meeting, Town Attorney Tony Wagner clarified that the state has dates that are protected for consumer use of fireworks and may not be prohibited by a local ordinance. Protected dates and times are as follows: June 29-July 3 from 5:00 P.M until two hours after sunset; July 4 from 10:00 A.M. to midnight; and July 5-July 9 from 5:00 P.M. until two hours after sunset. Fireworks can only be purchased by persons 18 years of age or older.

In August, 2014, council members discussed setting a revised fireworks ordinance for Bourbon. It was decided to limit the use of fireworks in town to Fridays, Saturdays, and the holidays mentioned in the state fireworks law. It was noted that the town allowed fireworks from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 P.M.

The council members voted to revise the times from 5:00 P.M. until 11:00 P.M. on first reading. The council could amend the motion on second reading at the July meeting.

Carol Anders Correspondent