Seymour Police Chief Steven Pogue wants for the city of Seymour to change its policy regarding the shooting of fireworks on July 4.
He’s not seeking restrictions.
Instead, he’s seeking a loosening of a long-standing city ordinance prohibiting the use of fireworks currently in effect for all 365 days of any given year.
“I’d like to see the city allow our residents to shoot fireworks inside the city limits on July 4,” Pogue told the Seymour Board of Aldermen at the group’s regular meeting last Tuesday, July 7.
He explained that every other city in Webster County allows fireworks to be shot on July 4.
“In most of those cities, there’s a window allowing fireworks to be shot during a time frame of anywhere from three days to several weeks,” Pogue said.
“In Rogersville, they have an ordinance that matches what I would like to do here, allowing fireworks to be shot on only the holiday of July 4. I think that’s something we should consider here.”
None of the city aldermen objected to Pogue’s suggestion.
Pogue recommended that the city ordinance allow fireworks to be shot from noon until 10 p.m. on the holiday.
Again, the aldermen agreed.
At the next city meeting at 6 p.m. this Thursday, the first draft of an ordinance allowing the discharge of fireworks on July 4 each year will be read.