Firework use could be restricted to just 6 days a year in Oldham County
A proposed ordinance in Oldham County would limit fireworks use to six holidays. Each day would also have time restrictions.
OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- A symbol of celebration or a noisy nuisance? Oldham County leaders are thinking about greatly restricting the use of fireworks.
Fireworks would be banned throughout the year in the county except for six specified holidays, and they would only be allowed at certain times on those days.
“It's always fun when you have fireworks. It could be a barbeque, a cook out, just any excuse for fireworks,” Valerie Vizcaino said.
She disagrees with the proposed fireworks ordinance that would take away a summer staple from her family.
The ordinance would restrict fireworks use to just six days out of 365.
Fireworks would only be allowed on Memorial Day (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.), July 3 (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.), July 4 (10 a.m. to midnight), Labor Day (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.), New Year’s Eve (10 a.m. to 2 a.m.) and New Year’s Day (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
“As long as they're not hurting anybody or endangering anybody. then I don't see what the big deal is,” April DuRoss said.
“I think that fireworks are fun. They're great for the kids. They're great for everyone. I don't see a reason why for not having them,” Vizcaino said.
Oldham County currently has a nuisance ordinance that works as a catch-all, but county officials thought it necessary to specify when fireworks can and cannot be used.
Some residents say they would welcome time restrictions, but disagree with the six-day proposal.
“It depends if it's happening in your neighborhood right next door to you every night of the week ... then I can see how that would get old,” Sadie Ledford said.
“I think there should be time restrictions, but if they want to shoot them off, you should be allowed to,” Andy Steitz said.
Others with young kids and pets are all for it.
“Sometimes you hear the fireworks go off, and I know all of our hearts kind of skip a beat just going what was that,” Tiffany Gremmert said. “So I think just knowing that those happen on those days, you can go ‘OK, I know fireworks can go off today and, we'll be all okay.’"
If you'd like to publicly comment on the issue, Fiscal Court will discuss the ordinance again on June 7.
Copyright 2016 WDRB News. All rights reserved.