The sale and discharge of state-approved fireworks will soon become legal in the city of London - but with some restrictions.

During a special-called meeting of the London City Council on Friday, the four council members present unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance that allows for legal sale of fireworks, but only for a two week period.

Ordinance 2019-03 prohibits the manufacture of fireworks as well as the storage of them for resale except those approved by the state. Those wishing to sell fireworks must obtain a permit through the city government to do so, providing the applicant is over age 18 and pays a non-refundable fee of $250. Those approved to sell fireworks cannot do so from a vehicle or drive-through or drive-through window.

Other restrictions specify that fireworks cannot be stored in direct sunlight and that none can be sold within 10 feet of someone with a lighted cigar, cigarettes, pipes and must have a sign posted stating "No Smoking." Fireworks cannot be sold from premises where paint, oils, varnishes, gasoline, turpentine or other combustible substances are present.

Even though the ordinance passed, it is clearly stated that the discharge of fireworks within city limits is only permitted from June 20 through July 6 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. That discharge cannot be on city streets, sidewalks, roadways, alleys, parks, parking lots or public property. The ordinance also provides that fireworks cannot be discharged within 600 feet of a school, hospital or church.

The passage of Ordinance 2019-03 also repeals a former ordinance that prohibits the sale or discharge of fireworks within city limits. It also holds anyone who discharges fireworks responsible for any damages incurred by their actions as well as declaring violators of the ordinance subject to legal action including legal action of violating a misdemeanor offense and the seizure of any materials involved in the violation.

Under Kentucky statutes, the ordinance must be printed in local newspapers and will become effective on that date of publication.

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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