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City reminds public about fireworks rules PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Lee   
Holyoke Police Department said people can be ticketed for violating the city ordinance outlining fireworks.

During the Tuesday, June 5 City Council meeting, mayor Orville Tonsing said he was recently contacted by a community member asking about fireworks. “We have not bothered people very much about fireworks,” Tonsing said of the past.

“We still have quite a few houses in town that have shake shingles,” the mayor said. He feels it is important for everyone in town to consider their neighbors as the July 4 holiday approaches.

Colorado has a statewide ban on fireworks that explode or leave the ground.

The Holyoke City ordinance reads, “It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership, firm, company, association or corporation to offer for sale, expose for sale or sell to have in his possession with intent to offer for sale or sell or to use or explode any fireworks in this municipality.

“Fireworks, as used in this chapter, means any article device or substance prepared for the primary purpose of producing a visual or auditory sensation by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, including without limitation, the following articles and devices commonly known and used as fireworks: toy cannons or toy canes in which explosives are used, blank cartridges, the type of balloon which requires fire underneath to propel the same, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles and daygo bombs.

“Fireworks shall not include toy pistols, toy guns, sparklers or torches which do not contain explosive charges or other devices, in which paper caps, manufactured in accordance with the United States Interstate Commerce Commission regulations for the packing and shipping of toy paper caps, are used, and toy pistol paper caps manufactured as provided in this chapter.

“The police authorities of the town shall seize, take and remove at the expense of the owner all stocks of fireworks or combustibles offered or exposed for sale, stored or held in violation of this chapter.

“Any person, partnership, firm, association, company or corporation violating any provision of this chapter, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $10 nor more than $300, or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.”

Holyoke Enterprise June 14, 2012