April fireworks show in Londonderry sparks review of regulations
On April 27, the N.H. Pyrotechnics Association sponsored a three-hour event that town officials said prompted nearly 200 complaint calls from neighbors in Londonderry as well as Litchfield and Derry.
During a lengthy discussion at Monday night's Town Council meeting, O'Brien and Fire Inspector Brian Johnson said they would like to see the use of class B fireworks limited to "town-sponsored" events in the future.
The town ordinance permits the use of class B fireworks, also known as special or display fireworks, for a $1,000 fee. Town officials said that fee would be waived should the policy be changed to permit only "town-sponsored" events.
Class C fireworks, also known as consumer or common fireworks, are the types typically sold in Granite State retail shops. Consumer displays featuring more than $500 worth of fireworks are currently subject to a $50 fee per event.
Those proposed changes also include the elimination of the $50 fees, specifying the times when class C fireworks may be used and requiring fire department detail during any class B, town-sponsored public fireworks displays.
"This is what we're trying to get away from," Johnson said. "Still it's a concern because you really can't put a price on safety. We've seen kids get hurt pretty bad and set a half-acre of brush on fire all from using a sparkler."
Council Chairman John Farrell said a final draft of the proposed policy changes would need to be finalized via a public hearing at an upcoming meeting.
As it stands now, the police department is kept pretty busy during the warmer months when it comes to fireworks complaints.
UNH loses to Illinois State
Cyber security a fear in NH, too
A new era for Nashua's police force
Nashua police left rattled by tot's death
Haylee Ann-Marie Patten