Some cities in Northern Kentucky are cracking
down on temporary fireworks stands. Officials say it's a safety measure and
want to make sure all fireworks are sold in permanent establishments.
Florence banned the pop-up tents in 2012, and now Edgewood and Elsmere are doing the same.
On Monday, Dan Wilmont and his daughters went
fireworks shopping at Phantom Fireworks. He says hearing about the different
cities doing this is refreshing because it's scary to think about buying
something that isn't regulated.
Phantom Fireworks manager Jerad Lebretton
says this has actually helped their business, and they're trying to eliminate
some of the negative stigmas associated with fireworks.
"A lot of the unprofessionalism that you
see in some manufacturers and sellers, we're trying to overcome that,"
The Elsmere ordinance states that nobody
shall 'engage in the sale or possession of fireworks for sale within the
city of Elsmere outside of a building'.
"I've been going to the tents buying
stuff. I didn't know it was dangerous but I guess I will start going here more
often," said Wilmont.
Two years ago, the Kentucky General Assembly
allowed the sale of larger, more powerful fireworks, which is one reason many cities
want to see stricter enforcement of some out of state vendors who set up tents
throughout the region.
"Being able to sell out of a physical
structure helps. Having trained employees and safety videos that we have
available here at the store and online," said Lebretton.
"You got to show your ID. You got to
really go through some stuff to get some fireworks," said Wilmont.
The local fire departments are in charge of
enforcing any violations. First a cease and desist order is given to the
fireworks stand owner.
If they fail to comply, they could face legal action.