BG City Commission Ties; No Fireworks Ban

Tuesday's Bowling Green City Commission meeting was a little different.

It came earlier in the day and Mayor Bruce Wilkerson was not there due to a family emergency, so Mayor Pro-Temp took over, Commissioner Bill Waltrip.

With a big decision coming on fireworks, it turns out the even number of people made a big difference in whether or not fireworks could be shot in Bowling Green.

The vote came to a 2-2 decision, which means you can still shoot fireworks.

A result which came to the disappointment of Commissioner 'Slim' Nash.

"We have entirely to many dry conditions, and entirely to many houses sitting entirely to close to one another to run the risk of fireworks starting some kind of grass fire that cannot be quickly extinguished," said Nash.

Commissioners Nash and Joe Denning voted in favor, while Commissioners Hill and Waltrip voted against it.

The city opened the mic up to residents to voice their concern about the ordinance.

"Is it enforceable in our community? Or are we going to have the police department chasing ghosts around when crime might be a greater issue?" asked BG resident Howard Bailey.

Both Hill and Waltrip said it was too close to the end of the time to shoot fireworks in the city, but Waltrip wished something had been done earlier.

"Following the county, Judge Buchanon's lead, I would have much preferred for the ban to be for the whole county and not leave out the city of Bowling Green when it happened, whenever it happened," said Waltrip.

Even though Hill voted against the ban, she still wanted to remind everyone of safety precautions.

"The points of our law, they are not supposed to be discharged by someone under 18. I stress to be considerate of your neighbors, and to use safety precautions because the conditions were so dry," said Hill.

Now, everyone in Bowling Green has until the night of July 5th to shoot off fireworks, but Warren County is still under a fireworks ban.


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