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CITY COUNCIL MEETING 06/30/14 (Fireworks, )

Council Declines to Extend Fireworks Season
July 1, 2014

Chillicothe's Freedom Fest will go on as planned for Saturday, July 5, with a large fireworks display; but, for individuals who want to discharge fireworks within the city limits this Independence Day season can do so only through July 4th.

Chillicothe City Council members on Monday evening considered a resolution extending the time period when members of the public could lawfully discharge fireworks. It had been proposed that the city extend the period to include Saturday, July 5, because the Freedom Festival had been moved from July 4th to July 5th. Councilman Wayne Cunningham proposed that the city adopt the resolution extending the date to include July 5th, and David Moore seconded the motion. However, the proposal failed with a 2-3 vote, with council members Reed Dupy, Tom Douglas and Paul Howard voting against the extension. Dupy said that several constituents had told him they were not in favor of extending the date. Douglas stated that he had not heard from anyone wanting the period extended.

The city's ordinance allows fireworks to be discharged only from July 1 through July 4. Special permission has been granted for Freedom Festival organizers to discharge fireworks on July 5. The festival traditionally is held on July Fourth; however, it is being delayed because the vendor that had contracted with the festival notified organizers that it had not received its shipment of fireworks. The city ordinance states that fireworks may be shot or detonated between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. on July 1, 2, and 3. Fireworks may be shot from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. on July Fourth. The ordinance also states that it is unlawful for any person to possess, throw, use, explode, detonate or shoot, within the city limits, bottle rockets, rockets of all types and size, and any and all fireworks with an aerial trajectory having a cylinder or cartridge that is not intended to be completely consumed before landing.

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