Cutting back on the 'kabooms' in Moultonborough
With the summer tourist season and the upcoming Independence Day holiday approaching, town officials are calling attention to the restrictions so that renters and property owners are informed.
For West Point Road resident Joe Cormier, the restriction doesn’t go far enough. Cormier submitted a petitioned warrant article last year calling for a ban on fireworks. He said that, since state restrictions on fireworks were loosened to allow use of louder mortar-type fireworks, the noise in his Long Island neighborhood has become unbearable.
Cormier asked the Select Board to take action. Out of consideration for the town’s tourism trade and the town’s many vacation rental properties, the board chose to take “baby steps,” said Cormier, and, instead of a complete ban on fireworks, tweaked the current town noise ordinance to restrict most late night and early morning fireworks. Voters passed this version of the ordinance in March.
Town Administrator Carter Terenzini said the police chief made other tweaks to the normal enforcement procedure. The first was to send an officer to every event/complaint, and the second would to check if the person was age 21 or over, and the third was to check, if the party was renting, if they had written permission from the owner to use fireworks on the property.