For the past several decades, the city of Seymour’s rule on discharging fireworks inside the city limits has been very consistent.
They weren’t allowed.
But late last year, the Seymour Board of Aldermen revised its Ordinance 201.2310, amending the local law to allow the discharge of fireworks from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. on July 4, which this year arrives on a Sunday.
Police Chief Steven Pogue said that under the ordinance change, there are no limits in terms of the types of fireworks that can be discharged on Independence Day.
“There are a couple of things to remember,” Pogue noted. “First is that this exemption allowing discharge is only good on July 4. Not July 3. Not July 5. It’s good from only 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on the holiday.
“Second is that all fireworks must be discharged in a safe manner and not in the roadway. In other words, city streets are off limits. Driveways are fine. Streets are not fine.”
Pogue said caution should be exercised by all residents discharging fireworks inside the city limits.
“I know that in the past, there were those who violated the city’s ordinance on this, but this year discharging fireworks on July 4 is a legal thing to do,” he explained.
“That said, people need to be careful. There likely will be people lighting fireworks who’ve never done it before. They may be shooting off larger displays like 500-gram cakes that can be dangerous. I urge people to use caution.”
He added that not only are city streets off limits when it comes to discharging fi reworks, so are all city properties.
That includes city parks.
“A big thing for people inside the city limits of Seymour to remember is that fireworks can’t be discharged on any of the city properties,” Pogue said. “There is no exception to this rule.”
Pogue added that fireworks can’t be discharged on private parking lots, such as a business or church parking lot, unless permission is given by the owner.
“These are things that we will watch,” he said of his police force. “Our patrols will be stepped up on July 4 to ensure that people are not violating the rules.”
And when 11:30 p.m. arrives on Independence Day, the firing of fireworks must end.
“This will be something we’ll enforce strongly,” Pogue concluded. “People will be wanting to go to bed late that evening, so once the deadline arrives, it ends.”