Fireworks

The rules for when and where Denison residents may set off fireworks within the city limits will be unchanged from those set last year.

Discharge of fireworks will be allowed from 1 to 10 p.m. on July 3 and from 1 to 11 p.m. on July 4.

The one change from last year is that vendors will not be required to acquire a permit from the city to sell fireworks, according to Denison City Clerk Lisa Koch.

A fee of $100 will be charged for an inspection of vendor stands by the state fire marshal, she said.

Vendors must still comply with all the rules set forth in the city ordinance, including having a valid permit from the state fire marshal and proof of liability insurance covering fireworks sales.

According to the city ordinance, the rules for setting off fireworks during the approved times are as follows:

Discharge of fireworks is not allowed within 50 feet of an occupied structure in the city limits, within the proximity of others or at large public gatherings.

No person under age 18 may discharge fireworks without the direct supervision of a parent or legal guardian.

Fireworks may only be discharged on property owned by the individual or on property where consent has been expressly given.

Fireworks may not be discharged on city-owned or public property without the authorization of the fire chief.

Individuals showing visible signs of intoxication or who are determined to be intoxicated are not allowed to set off fireworks.

Anyone setting off fireworks assumes all responsibility for the use of the fireworks and for any consequences.

Altering fireworks from their intended method of discharge is unlawful.

Discharging fireworks within commercial or industrial buildings is prohibited.

Sky lantern open-flame devices are not permitted, unless the owner has control with a tether.

The fire chief or the police chief may ban the use of fireworks in the event of severely dry weather conditions that create heightened fire dangers.

Fireworks sales meeting the requirements of the city ordinance may take place from June 1 through July 8 from approved permanent structures or buildings.

Sales from temporary structures may take place from June 13 through July 8.

Deputy City Clerk Terra Sell said the city would appreciate vendors letting city hall know where they plan to set up, but it is not required.

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