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Gilford selectmen vote to allow fireworks in town again

Union Leader Correspondent

August 28. 2014 10:07PM

GILFORD — Selectmen voted Wednesday night to allow fireworks in town again, but there is still discussion about just how that will be done.

Fireworks have been illegal in town since 1988.

But according to Selectman Richard Grenier, who has been leading an effort to make fireworks legal again in town, the board instructed Town Administrator Scott Dunn to rewrite the fireworks ordinance to allow fireworks daily between noon and 10 p.m.

The new version of the fireworks ordinance would also permit fireworks at expanded hours on the Fourth of July, moving the cutoff time to just after midnight.

Board members differed, he said, on whether permits should be required for fireworks.

Grenier said he spent some time with Belmont town officials, looking at that town’s law. Gilford’s law would closely mirror Belmont’s law, he said.

“We can use two or three small paragraphs from Belmont’s law in our law and that would be all we need,” he said. “I like Belmont’s way because it does not put a burden on our fire department to issue permits.”

Selectman Kevin Hayes, who could not be reached for comment, favors requiring a permit from the fire department for fireworks in town, Grenier said.

A public hearing on the issue will be held on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. in the meeting room in the town office building.

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