By David Hotle, The JOURNAL
With Independence Day, and with it the legal ability to use fireworks in the City of Washington, past, Washington Police officers responded to two reports Thursday of people continuing to shoot off fireworks in town.
According to the Washington County call log, at 8:55 p.m. officers responded to reports of fireworks in the 900 block of South Second Avenue in Washington. A subject was given a written warning for fireworks. At 10:23 p.m. fireworks were reported in the 500 block of South B Avenue in Washington. officers were unable to locate anyone shooting fireworks.
Washington city ordinance only allows fireworks to be shot on July 3 and 4. On Oct. 3, 2017, the council approved ordinance 1069 amending the fireworks permit codes. The ordinance says no person shall discharge consumer grade fireworks on dates other than from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 3 and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4. Fireworks can also be shot from 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31 through Jan. 1.
Washington Police Chief Greg Goodman said in a previous interview shooting fireworks outside the prescribed times is a misdemeanor and can result in a $100 fine or 30 days in jail.