KEYSER - Recent complaints about the noise from fireworks being set off days or weeks before the actual Fourth of July have prompted the Keyser City Council to take a look at beefing up their noise ordinance.

By Liz Beavers
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KEYSER - Recent complaints about the noise from fireworks being set off days or weeks before the actual Fourth of July have prompted the Keyser City Council to take a look at beefing up their noise ordinance.
Council member Terry Liller brought the issue up during Wednesday’s regular meeting, saying, “Our existing ordinance doesn’t have much teeth in it.”
Liller has since said the main problem with the ordinance is the question of “what’s too loud.”
“What’s too much noise for one person isn’t necessarily too much for somebody else,” he said.
Liller said police chief Karen Shoemaker is currently obtaining copies of ordinances being used in other cities to see how they address the issue.
Apparently, some of the ordinances require “special permission” to be obtained for events which might generate more noise, and that fact seemed to disturb  council member Jen Junkins.
“If I want to play my radio outside for a birthday party, I have to get special permission?” she wants to know.
When contacted, council member Eric Murphy used car stereos as an example.
“For an automobile riding down the road, what’s too loud?” he asked.
“And how do you enforce that?” Karol Ashenfelter added.
City administrator Randy Amtower said one way to deal with the issue as a whole would be to set certain hours when noise would be limited.
“I would let it go as late as 11 o’clock,” Murphy suggested, but Ashenfelter feels, “11 o’clock is a little late if you’ve got babies asleep.”
Amtower is suggesting the council “not try to reinvent the wheel” and wait until they can take a look at the ordinances from other municipalities.
Shoemaker will also attempt to obtain a copy of the state fireworks law, which was passed last year by the legislature and removed the restriction on the types of fireworks that may be set off in the state.