Council takes no action to limit fireworks

The Fairfield City Council talked about the future of fireworks in the city Monday night.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee chairman Michael Halley said his committee talked about how some cities have banned fireworks altogether after receiving so many complaints about them last year.

?We felt that won?t solve the issue,? said Halley, speaking on behalf of the committee. ?People will still shoot them off even if they are banned. We want to give our recently amended ordinance a chance to settle in and see what happens next year.?

The council amended its fireworks ordinance this year, limiting the allowable discharge days to just July 3-4. Last year, the council allowed them to be discharged from June 30 through July 8.

Halley said the committee also debated whether fireworks sales should be restricted. State law does not allow cities to ban sales altogether, but Halley mentioned that some cities have restricted where they can be sold, such as forbidding them from being sold in commercial districts. The committee had no interest in doing that.

Code enforcement officer Scott Vaughan said that he spoke to one of the vendors, and they told him it was tough to make a profit considering there were so many tents selling (six in Fairfield), while having to pay for employees, a storage container and renting space.

Mayor Ed Malloy said anything that was previously prohibited will be really exciting for a few years before it dies down.

?I know there are a lot of folks in town who have a zero-tolerance for [fireworks],? he said. ?There were more vendors this year, and if you were out and about, you saw them everywhere in every city.?

Malloy told residents that the council really only added one day, July 3, because it had always looked the other way when residents shot off fireworks on July 4.

Councilor Tom Thompson mentioned that some cities enforce their fireworks ordinance with drones, which allow them to see where the fireworks are coming from.