The Fairfield City Council approved the second reading of an ordinance Monday to limit fireworks to Independence Day and New Year?s Eve.
If passed, residents would be allowed to discharge fireworks from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. on July 4, and on Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. the next day.
No one from the public addressed the council on the subject. The councilors voted 6-0 in favor of passing the proposed ordinance from the second reading to the third reading. Councilor Martha Rasmussen said she was ?not pleased? with the proposal but still voted for it. She said at an earlier meeting that the new dates were too restrictive.
Other councilors voting in favor were Doug Flournoy, Michael Halley, Paul Gandy, Daryn Hamilton and Katy Anderson. Councilor Tom Thompson was absent.
Halley, Gandy and Flournoy all said they had heard nothing but support for the proposal since the first reading was passed two weeks ago. Hamilton said he had received one phone call in favor of the proposal and one call against it.
The existing ordinance allows discharging fireworks from June 30 through July 8, and from Dec. 30 through Jan. 2. State law allows fireworks to be purchased between June 1 and July 8, and again between Dec. 10 and Jan. 3.
? Only individuals aged 18 and over may purchase fireworks.
? Only shoot fireworks on property where permission has been given.
? Fireworks are not permitted on public property, which includes the right-of-way.
(i.e. street, sidewalks and parks).
? Individuals under the age of 17 may only shoot fireworks under direct adult supervision.
? Persons intoxicated or impaired may not discharge fireworks.
? Keep a distance of 20 feet from buildings or people when lighting fireworks.
? Persons are liable for all fireworks on their property and in their possession, those they discharge and those discharged by others.
? Do not alter, remove or handle powder from fireworks. Never disassemble fireworks.
? Violating fireworks laws will result in costly fines.