November 7, 2012

Monmouth voters dim fireworks

MONMOUTH — Voters decided by a narrow margin to limit the use of fireworks to specific holidays.

Voters agreed 1,292 to 1,021 to adopt the consumer fireworks ordinance that introduces a host of restrictions, including limiting use to 5 to 10 p.m. on 11 days each year, including July 3-5, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 and Memorial and Labor days and the two days prior to each.

The ordinance indicates fireworks use is approved on 10 days but lists 11 days.

The ordinance also limits use to a resident's own property and prohibits use on days when the fire danger is a Class 4 or 5. Use is only allowed 50 feet or more from a combustible structure, power line, public right of way or forest and more than 250 feet from schools, churches and businesses that sell gasoline.

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