Police stress fireworks ordinance

After receiving many calls regarding people shooting off fireworks in the City of Washington for the past several days, Washington Police Chief Greg Goodman reminds residents that city ordinances only allow 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.

?Its getting close to the Fourth, but the ordinance is set with the dates and times and they are going to be enforced,? Goodman said.

He said that shooting fireworks outside the prescribed times is a misdemeanor and can result in a $100 fine or 30 days in jail.