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Ordinance regulates fireworks in Georgetown for first time

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - They've had complaints about too much boom at night. So now, Georgetown city leaders have decided to ground fireworks in the overnight and early morning hours.

Fireworks and the fourth of July kind of go hand in hand. Without one, some would say you don't have the other. And up until now, people could do as they pleased with fireworks in Georgetown.

"This year is the only ordinance that's ever been on the books," said Assistant Chief John Ward, with the Georgetown Fire Department.

A month out from this national holiday, fire officials and police want to spread the word of their new ordinance.

"People inside the city that are complaining about fireworks going off at one or two o'clock in the morning," said Assistant Fire Chief Ward.

Before now, officials in Georgetown could not fine or cite anyone for shooting off fireworks as long as they followed basic fire codes. That's because no laws were in place.

"And there was nothing really the police could do about it," said Assistant Fire Chief Ward.

But with this new ordinance, people in Georgetown are only allowed to shoot off fireworks between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight on chosen holidays. There's a 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. rule for every other day.

Vendors set up around town with fireworks but haven't got their stands up yet this year. But the good news for them is their rules haven't changed.

Officials say they just want to insure everyone's safety and address the numerous complaints over the years.

"Our biggest purpose of this ordinance was not to go out there and ruin somebody's celebration," said Assistant Fire Chief Ward.

Now that the new law is in place, they are hoping for smooth sailing this July 4.

"There was nobody that came in and objected to it," said Assistant Fire Chief Ward.

The holidays included in the two-hour extension until midnight in Georgetown are July 3, July 4, and New Year's Eve.


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