Council To Consider Scaling Back Fireworks Ordinance

By Kayla Moody

Published 07/14 2014 10:29PM

Updated 07/14 2014 10:59PM

Several members of Evansville City Council are tired of fireworks going off at all hours of the night -- and now they're looking to scale back the city's ordinance. The City's current fireworks ordinance allows residents to set off fireworks for 10 days around the Fourth of July holiday, with expanded hours on the holiday itself.

"I've received so many complaints. It sounds like a war zone," said Missy Mosby, D-Ward 2. "I mean people's houses are shaking. It's shaking their windows."

Under the current ordinance fireworks can be set off on June 29 and 30, July 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Folks can use fireworks between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight on July 4.

Echoing the concerns of their constituents, some Council members say 11 days of fireworks is too long.

"My thought would be just to limit it just to one weekend, " said Dr. H. Dan Adams, D-Council-At-Large. "I don't care which, I think it would be the weekend closest to the fourth. I think three or four days is enough celebration."

"I have stuff in my yard and on my roof and on my patio every single year and I'm surprised I haven't caught on fire yet. So I'm really in favor of limiting it too," said Dan McGuinn, R-Ward 1.

In addition to limiting the number of days residents can use fireworks, the Council could also consider limiting the locations in which people are allowed to set off fireworks.

Councilman Al Lindsey, D-Ward 6, asked the Council how they would enforce any changes made to the ordinance, noting the current ordinance often goes unenforced by law enforcement because they have calls that take higher priority.

The council attorney will draft an amended ordinance for the Council to consider. It's unclear how long it will take him to finish the draft.

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