Revised firework ordinance puts Nicholasville business in jeopardy

By: Whitney Wetzel Email
By: Whitney Wetzel Email

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Ninety percent of the fireworks sold at Mike's Fireworks on Lexington Road will soon be banned in Nicholasville. After three years at that location, Mike's worried he's going to lose his business.

"I thought this was the land of the free, but it's not," says Mike Samaan, owner of Mike's Fireworks.

Mike's Fireworks is the only permanent firework store in Nicholasville. But a city ordinance that will go into effect June 30th, will prevent Mike from selling nearly all of his products.

"It puts us in a tough position," says Samaan.

Nicholasville Fire Chief Charles Brumfield says last year the city went along with state law, which allows the sale and use of aerial and audible fireworks. But after some issues with noise complaints, the city of Lexington placed a ban on those types of fireworks, leading Nicholasville to do the same.

"If we didn't, then we were afraid of the possibility of having a major influx here," says Chief Brumfield.

But to Mike, that was the advantage of having a fireworks store near the county line.

"Nicholasville was a perfect city to sell fireworks in because of Lexington," Samaan says.

Mike could be forced to move his business elsewhere, but he's not the only one. Chief Brumfield says the ordinance has also affected the number of firework sales permits they've issued. So far, that number is zero.

"With the limitations being put on what can be sold and what can be used now, then just a sound business decision would make you probably look elsewhere," Chief Brumfield says.

Setting off aerial fireworks is scheduled to become illegal within the city on Thursday.

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