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Posted: 10/10/12

Fireworks amendments in
WT put in place for safety

by KIMBERLY SCHERER
Observer Special Writer
      Washington Township tightened the screws on its fireworks ordinance with an update.
       Supervisor Dan O'Leary said Oct. 3 their ordinance does not interfere with the State's 10-day sanction allowing the discharge of fireworks.
       What the update does do is require people or businesses that want larger, commercial type fireworks to first apply for a permit. This ensures the fire inspector is able to inspect the site and review the application. It will also determine that an adequate water supply is nearby.
       While the permit does not apply to residents with smaller fireworks, there are updates to the rules as to what's appropriate. For example, minors are prohibited from igniting any consumer fireworks. However, they are allowed to use low impact and novelty fireworks as long as there is a parent or guardian to supervise.
       From 11 p.m. to 10 a.m., no one is allowed to use fireworks within the township unless it is the day before, day of or day after a national holiday.
       The ordinance also prohibits the use of alcohol when using fireworks and during a drought when there is a heightened fire risk.
       "I'm endorsing this," O'Leary said of the ordinance update. "You know I love fireworks," he said, adding that he also loves safety.
       The board unanimously approved the ordinance and its first publication. Trustees Art Grimes and Lisa Rapp were not present.
       "This is long overdue," Trustee Jim Richardson said.


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