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New fireworks rules for 4th of July

As we're getting closer to the Fourth of July, officials in Lexington want you to be aware of some new rules regarding fireworks.

Last Fourth of July was the first time Kentuckians could legally buy bottle rockets and projectile-type fireworks. Over that weekend, the Lexington 911 center got more than 550 noise complaints compared with 308 the year before.

"We know people like to celebrate and sometimes those celebrations go outside of the approved hours so we will be following up on those calls," said Sherelle Roberts with the Lexington Police.

In the months following, city council members proposed specific limits on when those fireworks can be set off.

The new fireworks enforcement code was adopted in November. It says fireworks may only be set off between 10 am and Midnight on July 3, and July 4, or the date officially set by the city as the day to celebrate Independence Day. Even though there were more noise complaints last year, officials say they didn't see an increase in fire runs.

"We didn't have many calls. We were fortunate and got the word out and hopefully everybody this year will be safe as well," said Captain Scott Hickey of the Lexington Fire Department.

Hickey said conditions could be more conducive to fires this year.

"This year is drier than last year. Last year was a wet year for us, so that's something we need to keep in mind," he said.

Fire officials said they've already processed several applications for fireworks vendors. They say you can expect to see them start popping up around town a couple of weeks before Independence Day.

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