If you've got 'em, you can pop 'em... as long as you follow the rules.
If you've got 'em, you can pop 'em... as long as you follow the rules. Fireworks use in Hope is permitted on specified holidays under City Ordinance 1480; but, Hope Fire Chief Dale Glanton reminds local celebrants that with the approach of the New Year holiday they should not only observe the law, but some common sense, as well. “Children under age 12 must be supervised by someone age 18 or older,” Glanton said. “And, only Class C fireworks may be discharged, and only on your own property. You can't use someone else's property without written permission.” He noted that the property owner must be present on the property when using someone else's property to discharge fireworks. Class C fireworks are defined as “common” fireworks under the ordinance. Glanton said fireworks use is allowed under the ordinance during the New Year celebration through Jan. 2, but during specified times. Under the ordinance, fireworks may be discharged on Dec. 30 from noon to 10 p.m., Dec. 31 from noon until 12:30 a.m., Jan. 1 from noon until 10 p.m. and Jan. 2 from noon to 10 p.m. “If someone wants a copy of the ordinance, they can come by the central fire station across from the Post Office and we will provide them with a copy,” Glanton said. He emphasized that the city prohibits the use of any type of missile or rocket firework. “They can be sold in the city, but they can't be discharged in the city,” Glanton said. “They can do that out in the county, but not in the city.” Other key aspects of the fireworks ordinance include: --No fireworks are to be discharged on public property or streets. --Owners of fireworks are required to clean up debris after discharging fireworks. --Violations of the ordinance will result in the confiscation and destruction of fireworks by Hope police. Glanton said that, to date, the Hope Fire Department has not had any reports of fireworks damage and has not responded to any fires caused by careless fireworks usage.