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Russellville’s Mayor Mark Stratton wants to wish all citizens a happy and safe 4th of July weekend. He also wishes to remind citizens about the city ordinance that governs fireworks, which he knows is a big part of the 4th of July for some.

“We are certainly not trying to put a damper of the 4th of July festivities,” said mayor Stratton. “We are, however, trying to accommodate all citizens and want a safe and fun holiday for all.”

In 2012, the city of Russellville passed an ordinance regulating fireworks and the display of such for sale. This was done mainly because of the overly dry conditions that plagued the commonwealth of Kentucky during the summer months, and the burn bans that are placed periodically on Logan County as a result. Another reason was cited concerning the sound as louder fireworks have become disruptive in late evening to early morning hours.

When the city passed its ordinance to regulate fireworks last year, they included when persons may ignite, fire or explode them. These were the dates and times listed that are allowed in the City of Russellville during the year: July 1 through July 5, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. each day; Dec. 24 and 25, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day; from 10 a.m. on Dec. 31 until 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, and on Jan. 1 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Fireworks, including consumer fireworks, shall not be ignited or discharged from a motor vehicle and shall not be ignited or discharged on property of another without consent of the owner or occupant or on public property.

There are fines that can be assessed if you do not follow the laws, said Code Enforcement Officer Terry Stuart.

The City of Auburn does not allow any fireworks within the city limits at any time.

The City of Adairville only allows fireworks on the 4th of July.

The City of Lewisburg does not allow any large fireworks, however, smaller ones such as firecrackers, sparklers, smoke bombs, etc, are allowed.

The county does not have a firework ordinance.

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