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County holds first reading on fireworks

Posted: Monday, Aug 12th, 2013

Before last week, Moody County hasnít had an ordinance in the books on the proper use, sale, and distribution of fireworks inside the county lines, but last Tuesday, Stateís Attorney Paul Lewis brought a proposed ordinance in front of the Commissioners.

The Ordinance, which will be put into place in about a month assuming nothing changes, states that fireworks may only be sold in Moody County during the period beginning June 27th and extending through July 5th, as well as December 28th, through January 1st.

Use of fireworks however will be permitted from June 27th to the first Sunday following the fourth of July, which is in line with the new law that the State passed earlier this year.

In regards to punishment, if the ordinance is not followed, the County will turn those duties over to the State of South Dakota for Prosecution.

In Article 4.2 of the proposed ordinance, it states that applications for a special exception to the timelines can be submitted through the County Commission, where they could grant or deny anyone the option of using fireworks for special occasions such as family reunions and special parties. The County will take into account the fire danger during the time period on a person(s) application.

The County Commissioners will hold the second reading of the ordinance at their next meeting on August 20th.

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