5:07pm

Mon June 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Fireworks in Lexington

It appears Lexington officials are willing to give the state less-restrictive fireworks law a try this summer.  The new legislation allows for the sale of firecrackers and flying fireworks, which were previously illegal.  In Louisville, officials are considering a local proposal which is more restrictive than state law.

Lexington vice mayor Linda Gorton doubts her council will act before Independence Day.

“It would be a little difficult for us to do it before this July fourth which is in a couple of weeks.  That would be a little problematic that we would have to rush it,” said Gorton.

Gorton says she’s heard from citizens concerned about fireworks safety, especially among minors.  The new state law prohibits the sale of such fireworks to anyone under age 18.

“We currently have a council that likes to get the facts and know what they are dealing with and then act on it.  I personally would like to take a look at it and see what the implications are for Lexington and whether we ought to consider strengthening our law,” added Gorton.

Lexington residents can take advantage of, not one, but two fireworks shows this year.  One will be held at the Whitaker ball park.  The show July second is being put on by the Downtown Lexington Corporation.  Gorton says a city sponsored event will occur on the fourth.

“The city is still having it’s fourth of July festival and that will be on the fourth of July.  So we are kind of having a split of activities this year.  We’ll see how that goes.    I think it will be good.   It means there’s even more to do,” explained Gorton.

All these activities are scheduled just two weeks from now in Lexington.