Senath city council limits fireworks to three days per year

SENATH, MO (KAIT) - The Senath City Council passed an ordinance limiting the use of fireworks to three days per year.

"We can only shoot fireworks here July 2, 3 and 4, and the hours are from noon until 11 o'clock at night."

Senath Mayor Joe Lane says the ordinance the council approved at the Monday night meeting is the result of several noise and safety complaints from residents throughout the year.

"We used to just go to Kennett and watch the fireworks display, but we pretty much have it in our own backyard now," said Kathie Gibson.

Gibson said she has seen how an enjoyable experience for many can be a nuisance for others, and in extreme cases, terrifying.

"My mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and last year they were shooting them all night it seemed like, until late at night and not just the Fourth, the weeks prior to the Fourth and afterwards. My mother really was fearful. She really thought somebody was shooting at her."

Mayor Lane said there are no restrictions on where people can do fireworks, and anyone who wants to host a fireworks display for the public can appeal to the city council.

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