Revised Fireworks Ordinance Clears Committee

by Kyle Durbin on June 17, 2011

The Louisville Metro Council committee on public safety held a special meeting Friday that ended with the passage of a revised ordinance that allows the sale and use of fireworks within city limits.

The ordinance was created in response to a move by state lawmakers that made it legal to sell and ignite fireworks anywhere in Kentucky. The initial proposal in the council reinstated the ban, limiting the sale and use to only small grade novelties.

However, amendments added by Councilman James Peden, R-23,  changed the bill to allow the sale of larger fireworks.

The amendment also states that it will now be legal for people to ignite aerial and other high grade devices such as roman candles. The revised ordinance prohibits the use of fireworks near buildings. It also prevents their sale at any business that isn’t a dedicated fireworks stand.

The original ordinance was introduced by Councilwoman Madonna Flood, D-24, with support from several area fire departments. After learning that her original proposal had been “gutted”, Flood withdrew her sponsorship.

“Since the original ordinance was brought to me by the fire department, I had my name on it; I want to make sure that my name is not attached to the amendment by substitution because I do not agree with it,” she told the committee.

Flood told WFPL after the meeting that she decided to withdraw her name because she “doesn’t want any part of an ordinance that puts public safety behind the almighty dollar.” Flood also said she plans to lobby against the ordinance before the full council votes on it.

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