Union Police Chief Norman Brune stressed some conditions when fireworks can be discharged even though they now can be shot in the city limits July 4.
The city ordinance regulating the discharge of fireworks was amended in June. Fireworks now can be discharged July 4, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The shooting of fireworks will be allowed between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on July 4.
Brune said it still is illegal to discharge fireworks in the following conditions:
• Within 600 feet of any church or school, or where fireworks are sold;
• Within or from a motor vehicle, or any other means of transport;
• Into or at a motor vehicle or at or near any person or group of people; and
• Within 300 feet of ignitable liquid, gases, gasoline pump, or service station.
“The Union Police Department will respond to complaints regarding the illegal discharge of fireworks,” Brune said. “The violators could receive a citation for the violation and the confiscation of the fireworks for evidentiary purposes.
The penalty is a fine of up to $500 and/or up to 90 days in jail.
“I want to encourage parents to discuss this ordinance with their children, especially their teens, and to keep all fireworks in a safe location until they can be discharged in a safe manner on the Fourth of July,” Brune said,
He added that officers also will be strictly enforcing driving while intoxicated laws.
“Please keep in mind that the consumption of alcohol and the driving of a motor vehicle make a deadly combination,” he said, “This weekend we will be targeting hazardous moving violations and driving while intoxicated, in an effort to make our roadways safer for all citizens — I hope that everyone has a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend.”