The Day After; Fireworks Ban Controversy

Last night saw several fireworks shot off in the area, to the like and dislike of some residents.

While several counties and cities instituted a firework ban, Bowling Green did not.

City officials say they've learned from this, but also the fireworks controversy will be an issue, every year, regardless of a ban.

"Given the size of the fireworks that can be discharged in Bowling Green, we're going to encounter this every single Fourth of July. They're just too big, they're just too loud, and they scare people just a little too much for people not to complain," said Bowling Green City Commissioner Brian 'Slim' Nash.

Commissioner Melinda Hill said she would have liked the city and county to work together on this.

"I think it is easier when we all do the same thing, but once again we listen to our professionals, our police chief and our fire chief. They both said the day the county issued their burn ban, the city was ok, we could handle it," said Hill.

From the controversy, to the firework carnage, last night saw the sky light up with fireworks.

Bowling Green police say they responded to 126 complaints last night, and the Bowling Green fire department only dealt with three firework related fires.

"We were prepared for extra responses. We had extra crews called in, and we were being proactive by having patrols in the community throughout the night," said BGFD Assistant Chief Brian O'Callahan.

So, wherever you stand on the fireworks debate, in the city of Bowling Green, you have until 10 pm July 5th to shoot them.

However, many vendors across Bowling Green are still selling fireworks, and will be until July 7th.

You might have noticed several places that are doing, "buy one get one free" or offering deep discounts.

One of the biggest reasons is, counties like Warren don't have a fireworks ordinance, and can shoot fireworks any time of the year once the ban is lifted.

"They know they can enjoy fireworks 365 days a year in some of the counties, and they're going to be patient. They certainly plan to enjoy their Fourth, be it a little bit late, but they're still going to do it this year," said Amy Burge, SkyLite Fireworks.

Warren County Judge/Executive Mike Buchanon said right now, he can't tell when the ban will be lifted, but that several experts in soil conditions and fire departments will help him make the decision.


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