BUCKHANNON — “Save your Fireworks for Fourth of July Celebrations, please,” the City of Buckhannon requested of residents on Monday. A press release from Buckhannon’s Information Coordinator Callie Cronin Sams mentioned that the city has already received numerous complaints about people setting off fireworks ahead of the upcoming holiday.
Sams reminded that Ordinance No. 418 strictly prohibits the release of fireworks within Buckhannon’s City limits, with the exception of the times outlined below.
1) Independence Day on July 4, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.
2) Between 11:00 a.m. on December 31 and 12:30 a.m. on January 1, for New Year’s Day
3) Between 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. on the Saturdays preceding and following Independence Day, if Independence Day does not fall on a Saturday in a given year.
4) At such other times, and on such other dates, as City Council may set by Resolution or, only in the event of a spontaneous public celebration where prior approval of the Council is not reasonably possible, by proclamation of the Mayor.
The City of Buckhannon’s request to save fireworks for Independence Day was explained as Sams stated, “The noise created by the release of fireworks is intrusive to many members of our community, many with medical conditions (PTSD, heightened sensory perception, etc.) or with young children trying to sleep. Additionally, many pet owners have animals who are sensitive to firework noise.”
Local rescue group Luv 4 Animals would also like to remind pet owners that now is also the time to prepare your property and pets for the loud festivities. They urge folks to go ahead and ensure their fences are secure if your pets will be outside during fireworks. It’s also a good idea to update ID tags in case they get loose and cannot find their way home. Contact your veterinarian if your pet would benefit from anxiety medications, and microchipping is another option you may want to consider.
Sams concluded, “Please be respectful of your neighbors and limit firework use to times listed above. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us maintain a safe, peaceful, welcoming community for all.”
Visit the city’s website for more information about firework restrictions and Ordinance No. 418 by following the link http://buckhannonwv.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/418-Regulation-of-Fireworks-Within-Municipal-Limits.pdf.