City police stress firework safety this Fourth of July

By Kevin Palmer

Chief of Police

The celebration of the Fourth of July will be a welcome change for our community in that it will be the first major holiday since the lifting of the COVID-19 restrictions. The police department would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day and remind folks of a few precautions.

• Caution with all fireworks particularly the commercial grade explosives that are now sold in Kentucky.

• Vendors selling fireworks shall have a local license and the location must be inspected by the Fire Marshal.

• Fireworks can only be sold or used June 27 thru July 6.

• Fireworks can not be sold or used after 11 p.m.

• Fireworks must be used  a minimum of 200 feet from a structure.

• No one under 18 should be handling fireworks.

• Be courteous of your neighbors their property and their pets.

The police department will be inundated with complaint calls surrounding the use of fireworks. If citizens have safety concerns, they are encouraged to give the dispatch call taker the exact location of the complaint. General areas will be hard to locate for officers with the entire town celebrating. Be aware of the trajectory of your fireworks.

No one likes debris on their roof or in their pool the next day. Be aware that the fourth of July is very stressful for pets and citizens sensitive to noise. These are all examples of calls we will respond to.