KEYSER - Although the Fourth of July is still a week and a half away, more and more fireworks are being put off by Keyser residents and more and more complaints are being received by city officials.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Although the Fourth of July is still a week and a half away, more and more fireworks are being put off by Keyser residents and more and more complaints are being received by city officials.
The topic came up last year around the same time, and officials agreed that fireworks should not be allowed after 10 p.m. except for the actual holiday.
No official action was taken, however, and now, as the celebration of America’s independence approaches, the noisemakers have once again become a problem.
“I thought we approved something last year, but apparently we didn’t,” Sonny Alt said as he sat in for mayor Ed Miller during the last meeting.
“We discussed it,” city administrator Randy Amtower said, adding that there was also “a big discussion” about what decibel level would be allowed.
“But we didn’t have any way to measure them,” he said.
“Well I think we should make it so there are no firecrackers after 10 o’clock at night,” council member Karol Ashenfelter said,
“I move that we construct an ordinance that there are no fireworks after 10 o’clock except for the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve, which would be 1 o’clock,” she said.
Council member Terry Liller suggested that special permits could be given for fireworks during special events.
Eric Murphy seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
In the meantime, the officials ask that Keyser residents be courteous to their neighbors and not put off fireworks after 10 p.m.