Vienna to hold second reading of proposed fireworks ordinance changes

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VIENNA, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 6/19/2018, 2:46 P.M.

On Thursday, June 28, the Vienna City Council will hold the second reading of a proposal to change the fireworks ordinance with restrictions on the use of fireworks.

The new code will restrict people using fireworks from July 1st to July 7th between 12 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The only exception will be on July 4th when fireworks will be permitted from 12 p.m. until 12 a.m.

If the Vienna City Council passes the law on the second reading, it will become a city law.

Vienna Police Chief Mike Pifer says, "In the past, in our old city ordinance, it was illegal to even possess them and we're trying to update our city ordinance so it will mirror the West Virginia state code.” He adds, “It will help the police department with enforcing the law and make it, I think, a safer environment for the public to utilize fireworks if they want to.”


ORIGINAL STORY: 6/12/2018, 5:07 P.M.

There may be a change to Vienna’s city fireworks code, as Independence Day quickly approaches.

City Council will have the first reading of a new fireworks code at its regular council session Thursday evening. The new code will restrict people using fireworks from July 1st to July 7th between 12 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The only exception will be on July 4th when fireworks will be permitted from 12 p.m. until 12 a.m.

Vienna Police Chief Mike Pifer says, "In the past, in our old city ordinance, it was illegal to even possess them and we're trying to update our city ordinance so it will mirror the West Virginia state code.” He adds, “It will help the police department with enforcing the law and make it, I think, a safer environment for the public to utilize fireworks if they want to.”

The ordinance will go through its first reading Thursday, but needs to be passed in 2 readings before it is active.



 
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