LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The long holiday weekend gave plenty of time for people to light up the sky. But the increase in noise has many people ready for a break from fireworks, including Lexington Police.
WKYT received numbers from the Lexington Police Department showing officers fielded hundreds of fireworks complaints on the Fourth of July; 241 to be exact. The majority of the calls came in after 9 p.m. The noise continued on Wednesday with officers responding to 38 fireworks complaints between midnight and 5 a.m.
Lexington's noise ordinance states that fireworks can't be fired off after 11 p.m.; that didn't stop many people from shooting off the devices. Another law in Lexington allows only the use of ground fireworks or hand-held sparklers; anything else, including the big ones that shoot into the sky and blow up, are in violation. Exceptions are made for groups who receive a special permit for displays, such as the city's fireworks show held at Kroger Field on Tuesday night.
Anyone violating the ordinance can face hefty fines. Lexington police say they generally give out warnings first when responding to fireworks complaints before issuing citations.
Many surrounding cities including Richmond, Frankfort, and Nicholasville also prohibit the use any fireworks that shoot into the air or explode.