PLYMOUTH — As the nation prepares to celebrate another fourth of July Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter wants citizen’s of Plymouth to remember the city’s fireworks ordinance and be mindful of safety.
“Generally speaking we don’t have a problem with people violating the ordinance,” said Senter. “We just feel it’s good from time to time to remind everyone of the stipulations.”
The city’s ordinance regarding fireworks states that:
-Consumer fireworks shall not be purchased by persons less than 18 years of age.
-Persons less than 18 years of age shall only possess or use fireworks when an adult is present to supervise.
Consumer fireworks shall exclusively be used on:
-The user’s property or the property of someone who has consented to the use of fireworks on the property or a location authorized by special permit as a special discharge location.
“Sometimes people forget the hours that fireworks can be used,” said Senter. “A lot of people may not be aware of the time limitations.”
Consumer fireworks may not be used, ignited, or discharged within the corporate limits of the City of Plymouth except during the following times:
-Between the hours of 5 p.m. and two hours after sunset June 29, June 30, July 1, July 2, July 3, July 5, July 6, July 7, July 8 and July 9;
-Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12:00 midnight July 4; and
-Between the hours of 10 a.m. Dec. 31 and 1 a.m. Jan. 1.
Retailers may not sell consumer fireworks within the City of Plymouth until the retailer has met all pertinent requirements and has obtained a certificate of compliance from the State Fire Marshal.City residents are also reminded of the section of the ordinance that states, “…no person shall fire or cause to be fired within the city any gun, pistol, firecrackers, torpedoes or make, or cause to be made, any explosion with powder or any substance, except in defense of his life, liberty, property or the protection of his family or any member thereof; provided, that the Mayor may, upon application, grant special permission to fire a cannon and other arms on July 4 and on other occasions of public rejoicing, regulating in such permission, the time and place in which firing may be conducted; and provided further, that permission may also be granted to organized infantry, cavalry or artillery companies to discharge the firearms adopted by the respective branches of service when upon drill, or performing military duty.”
Those who violate the ordinance are subject to a fine not exceeding $2,500. A separate offense shall be deemed committed upon each day during which a violation occurs or continues.