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County bans fireworks

One thing won't be allowed at your next 4th of July celebration. Thursday night, Fayette County leaders voted to ban the sale and use of aerial fireworks.

Urban county council members voted unanimously Thursday night to ban aerial fireworks. With more than 2,000 complaints coming into dispatchers the weekend of 4th of July celebrations, it's no surprise council members were more than willing to see fireworks fizzle out in Fayette County this year.

"We were bombarded with calls and complaints and folks that are just bring inconvenienced, loss of sleep, everything. Many, many reasons that I felt it was just necessary. It had gotten totally out of hand," explained 11th District Councilmember Peggy Henson.

"They still can go back to what they did two years ago, but we just felt like it was too intrusive to the neighbors," said At-Large Councilmember Chuck Ellinger.

Councilmembers tell WKYT organizations like churches and neighborhoods can still apply for professional permits to put on their own fireworks displays.

"We're not outlawing, banning fireworks displays at the ball fields, or these neighborhoods, or downtown 4th of July," noted Third District Councilmember Diane Lawless.

City leaders are hoping the new rules continue to allow families to enjoy the 4th of July, and of course, cut down on neighborhood complaints.

"We want the community to be festive, and celebrate at the appropriate times, but we're hoping this will bring some calm, and some recourse to all the folks in our community," said First District Councilmember Chris Ford.

Aeiral fireworks have been allowed in Fayette County for the last two years.

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