KEYSER - The Keyser City Council has continued to fine-tune its ordinance on the use of fireworks within the city, with the latest amendment being a ban on fireworks of any kind on city-owned property.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Keyser City Council has continued to fine-tune its ordinance on the use of fireworks within the city, with the latest amendment being a ban on fireworks of any kind on city-owned property.
The topic came up shortly after the Fourth of July this year when parks and recreation commissioner William Zacot noted that a child had been slightly injured by a firework that had been set off by a private citizen at one of the city’s parks while the crowd awaited the start of the official fireworks display.
The city council agreed that there should be a ban on what former city administrator Buck Eagle had called “consumer fireworks” on city property, but some weren’t sure if that should include sparklers.
Zacot suggested the amendment to the ordinance except sparklers, but fellow council member Jennifer Junkins disagreed.
“I don’t really see the need for sparklers either,” she said, to which Terry Liller agreed.
“I think the city is kind of sticking their neck out if we allow them,” he said.
“I think we have no choice (but to ban sparklers also) … they can burn pretty badly too,” Liller continued.
Council member Eric Murphy therefore made a motion to ban all consumer fireworks, including sparklers, from city property, and Liller seconded it. The motion carried 5-0.
As for consumer fireworks elsewhere in the city limits, the ordinance bans them except for the Fourth of July holiday, which it defines as July 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. On those days, consumers may use fireworks between dusk and 10 p.m.
Fireworks may also be set off during certain times on New Year’s Eve.