City hears proposed changes on fireworks laws

Posted at 11:39 PM, Feb 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 02:39:50-05

"It's a hostile environment out there. There's a lot of angry folks, there's a lot of alcohol involved, and they don't appreciate being sided and facing a $1,000 fine," said Greener. 

But not everyone is on board with the changes.

"Our kids are very much dependent on the funds we raise with the fireworks, probably 30% of our budget comes from the sale of these fireworks," said Margie Ickley with the music department at West High School.

Council member Willie Rivera sided with her on the issue saying, "I don't believe in punishing law abiding citizens because of what law breaking citizens decide to do."

Meanwhile, other council members believe stricter laws are what the city needs to keep everyone safe.

"Someday, some child is going to get their hands blown off and it'll probably be with an illegal firework. But my point is that we have to do something before the fact," said Vice Mayor Harold Hanson.

Tonight was the first reading on the amendments to the ordinance.  The city will hold a second reading in March.


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