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Limits to Solon fireworks

Proposed ordinance would eliminate New Year’s displays

SOLON– Residents of Solon will have four days a year to shoot off fireworks.
At a Wednesday, Nov. 1, meeting, members of the Solon City Council unanimously approved the third and final reading of an ordinance limiting private fireworks displays to July 1-4.
State legislation, signed into law in early May, approved the sale, purchase and use of fireworks across the state.
The law allows consumer fireworks to be purchased from licensed sellers and used between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. from June 1 to July 8, as well as from Dec. 10 to Jan. 3, although the times are extended to 11 p.m. on July 4, the Saturday and Sunday preceding, and Dec. 31.
The new city restrictions limit fireworks use in Solon to July 1-4 only, while still retaining the same hours.
No fireworks would be allowed for the New Year’s Eve holiday.
Unlike many of its neighbors, including North Liberty, Tiffin, Ely and the unincorporated portions of Johnson County, Solon elected not to initially restrict the state law. While North Liberty decided to keep its current ordinance banning fireworks use in place, Ely chose to reduce the window available for residents.
Solon’s city council began its deliberations at a July 5 meeting, and informally approved language Aug. 16.
According to Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek, law enforcement agencies in the county received a total of 514 calls between June 30 and July 4 regarding fireworks use; 57 of those were received by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.