By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Fireworks will now be allowed to be sold within Spring Hill City limits after the Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 8 – 1 to amend the city’s municipal code on Monday night.
Per the new amendment, a maximum of four fireworks stands will be allowed in the city at any one time, and may not be within 2,500 feet of each other. Fireworks may only be sold within 14 days of designated holidays listed by the city’s current fireworks policy, such as Memorial Day and New Year’s Eve.
The use of fireworks outside these specified days is still permitted through the acquisition of a permit from the Fire Marshal, which requires the filing of a bond in the amount of $1,000. These permits are limited to fair associations, amusement parks, other organizations or groups of individuals.
The use of fireworks is prohibited except on designated holidays (Thanksgiving is NOT one of them). The next holidays when fireworks usage is permitted in the city are Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, from 12 – 11 p.m. on both days. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day fireworks usage will be limited to 12 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., and 12 – 11 p.m., respectively.
The new sales amendment is also anticipated to bring in additional revenue to the city through permit fees and sales tax.
Violation of the fireworks ordinance could result in being charged with a misdemeanor, which may include a fine not exceeding $50.