Local fireworks ordinance is confusing and difficult to enforce say Windham officials suggesting a new approach
A shopper leaves Phantom Fireworks in Londonderry with a large assortment of pyrotechnics in this Union Leader file photo. (Union Leader)
Though voters at the March 2014 Town Meeting will have the final say, police and fire officials told the Board of Selectmen Monday night that the town's current ordinance dictating the use of fireworks is difficult to enforce and also difficult for residents to navigate.
The fire chief said he supported replacing the town's current ordinance with a bulletin because "it's more informative."
Right now, Windham's fireworks ordinance, which was adopted at the March 1989 town meeting, states that the use and sale of Class C fireworks is prohibited in town, though the ordinance's wording could confuse many as the fireworks that are considered "Class C" aren't clearly defined.
However, NH RSA 160-C:6 gives local municipalities the option of allowing or prohibiting the sale and display of fireworks as they see fit. Such decisions must be made through a legislative or citizen vote under the current RSA.
"Everything would be hyperlinked, so people could go online and be directed to the state websites and read the RSAs for themselves," McPherson said. "It would allow people to very easily understand what we allow and what we don't."
"This just makes more sense," Selectman Ross McLeod said. "This would allow people to clearly understand what's permitted and what isn't."
McPherson said the new bulletin would be drafted prior to town meeting, keeping in mind any recent changes to the state laws regulating fireworks.
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