Archive for Wednesday, July 13, 2011

City council signals change in fireworks ordinance

Fireworks lit up the sky Saturday over Tonganoxie. The fireworks display was held to celebrate the open house for Tonganoxie Water Park. In addition, the city celebrated the 23rd annual Tonganoxie Days on Saturday throughout the community.

Fireworks lit up the sky Saturday over Tonganoxie. The fireworks display was held to celebrate the open house for Tonganoxie Water Park. In addition, the city celebrated the 23rd annual Tonganoxie Days on Saturday throughout the community.

July 13, 2011

The Tonganoxie City Council agreed Monday the city should allow the use of fireworks when it is legal to sell them.

Mayor Jason Ward brought up the issue, noting that fireworks use started on June 30, when it was legal to purchase them in the city. City ordinance restricts the discharge of fireworks to July 3 and 4.

Police Chief Jeff Brandau said his department spent a busy three days responding to complaints. The department issued warnings for the early use but followed up with tickets and fines for repeat offenders.

Ward and council members agreed the city’s ordinances put police in a difficult position and it was unrealistic to expect residents not to discharge fireworks bought in the city before July 3.

Ward suggested fireworks stands be required to provide customers with written and verbal warnings that it was unlawful to discharge fireworks before July 3, but the majority of the council agreed it would be simpler to allow the use of fireworks starting June 30.

City Clerk Kathy Bard said she would have an ordinance with the change for the council’s consideration at its July 25 meeting.

Comments

jdhumm 3 years, 2 months ago

The fireworks are okay but one particular firework that really worries me is those hot air balloon looking devices that fly over with the flame source at the bottom of them. Looks like a fire waiting to happen, I can just see someone loosing a home or barn or even a ripe wheatfield thanks to those things. I live in town and saw several dozen of those flying over July 3rd and 4th evenings. I own property a mile north of town and found one of those devices in the middle of my hayfield this past weekend. People should think twice before buying and using those devices.

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straightup 3 years, 2 months ago

We do not want to put our police dept in a difficult position especially when some of our police officers are under the influence of alcohol on duty. The police don't want the citizens to keep interrupting them and thier drinking!

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