Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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April 29, 2014

GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL: Members approve fireworks changes

GLASGOW — Glasgow City Council members present at Monday's meeting unanimously approved a second round of changes to the city's fireworks rules.

Two weeks ago, council members Karalee Oldenkamp and Wendell Honeycutt, sponsored an ordinance that changed the existing ordinance by adding a third section. The new wording specified times and dates fireworks could be used, required obtaining permit to use them on other days or times, and detailed the timeline for applying for the permit and how long it would be valid.

City Attorney Ben Rogers, as is standard, read the proposed ordinance aloud. The motion was then made and seconded to have the first reading. During the discussion, Honeycutt proposed referring the matter to the Public Safety Committee for further review before any vote was taken on whether to approve the changes.

His motion to refer it was seconded by Councilman Dick Doty, and that motion carried, according to the minutes of the April 14 meeting.

Last week, that committee met and discussed some fine tuning to the newly added sections with just a few words altered, and it added a fourth section that addresses penalties for violating the ordinance.

A Monday's meeting, the motion was made and seconded to adopt the proposed ordinance from two weeks ago; then during the discussion step, Oldenkamp, a member of the Public Safety Committee, made the motion to amend what was proposed two weeks ago with the changes the committee recommended.

The 11 council members presented voted to approve the amendment and then followed that up with a vote to adopt the ordinance with all the changes on second reading.

Kentucky law defines two types of fireworks – display and consumer, with display fireworks being the ones that only bonded professionals are authorized to do.

The new sections of the ordinance, after the clarifications recommended by the committee, only affect consumer fireworks and says they can only be “used, ignited, fired or exploded” during the following times on specific dates:

• between noon and 11 p.m. July 4,

• between noon and 10 p.m. June 25-July 3 and July 5-7, and

• after 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 and from midnight to 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1.

To use consumer fireworks any other time, a permit must be obtained through the fire department, with the application being filed no less than 15 days prior to the proposed use. Any permit granted is valid for a four-hour period on the specific date requested between noon and 10 p.m.

The penalties for violating the ordinance increase with each offense – $50, $100 and $200 for the first second and third, any of which would be considered civil offenses. The fourth or subsequent violation would be a criminal misdemeanor offense, subject to a fine of not more than $500 or up to 10 days in jail or both.

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