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Private fireworks scaled back in city of Lorain

Fireworks ordinance is passed in city of Lorain that will look to cut back on private use of fireworks.

LORAIN, Ohio — The city of Lorain wants to leave the fireworks displays to the professionals.  

A fireworks ordinance was passed in Lorain that will look to have private use of fireworks cut out during only select times of the year.

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The new ordinance allows fireworks on July 4, Cinco de Mayo, Juneteenth and New Year’s Eve. No fireworks allowed the rest of year.

And while the state of Ohio has changed the fireworks laws allowing consumers to legally set off fireworks on select holidays, Lorain wanted more restrictions.

Lorain councilwoman Mary Springowski said, "I grew up in the 80's and I remember the m80s and the cherry bombs. We are a very diverse multicultural city. We are known as the international city and these are important holidays to the different cultures."

There has been a pattern of shooting fireworks from Memorial Day to Labor Day and some residents say it sounds like a war zone the entire summer. Sometimes with fireworks disturbing residents at 2 and 3 a.m. 

The new ordinance passed overwhelmingly. The amendment side passed with two dissenting votes, overall fireworks ordinance passed with one dissenting vote. 

The crack down on the red white and boom starts on July 4.

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