New restrictions on fireworks are being considered by the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. While fireworks are banned within the city limits there aren’t any specific restrictions on discharging fireworks in unincorporated areas in the borough.
Borough Mayor Jerome Selby says the issue was brought to the assembly’s attention by concerned residents.
— (fireworks 1) :15 "We’ve had a number of … the whole summer."
An existing ordinance already prohibits loud noises after 10 p.m. but Selby says it’s rarely used during holiday celebrations.
— (firworks 2) :30 "Everybody’s willing to … that’s the problem."
Under the provisions being considered, the sale and discharge of fireworks would be limited to two periods in the summer and winter months to coincide with Fourth of July and New Year’s celebrations when fireworks stands are traditionally open.
— (fireworks 3) :18 "During the seasons … outside the city of Kodiak."
If the ordinance is passed, complaints could be filed with the borough’s code enforcement officer who would be empowered to ticket offenders. The ordinance is still in draft form but envisions scofflaws being fined hundreds of dollars.
— (fireworks 4) :12 "We’re not trying … around this thing."
The draft ordinance is due for another reading by the assembly before being brought before a public hearing in coming months. Selby added the public input on the final draft will be welcome.