In 2011 the Kentucky general assembly passed a law allowing the sale of exploding and mortar fireworks but after two summers of late night celebrations, council members in Lexington are proposing a ban on what they are calling display fireworks.
This would be the second change to Lexington's fireworks ordinance since the state law was passed. Last year hours limiting the use of more powerful fireworks were put in place, but even with that change council members say there have been issues, with residents reporting fireworks at all hours of the night.
"People have gotten almost too patriotic in some cases. We're just trying to ask people to be better neighbors but also regulate it at the same time," said councilman Bill Farmer, Jr.
A new ordinance discussed at today's Public Safety Committee meeting would ban display fireworks for the public, while allowing smaller consumer fireworks, such as sparklers and fountains, to still be sold.
"If you're a consumer, there are consumer fireworks we want you to be able to enjoy, but the display fireworks need to be left to professionals," Farmer said.
If that new ordinance is passed selling display fireworks would would be punished with a $500 fine. Anyone caught using them could be fined $100 for the first offense and that fine would increase with each violation.
If passed, those fireworks would be banned beginning next year.