NORFOLK - The time when fireworks can be sold and discharged may change in Norfolk.
During Monday’s city council meeting, a new ordinance amending the dates and times was discussed. The amendment would allow the sale and discharge June 28 through July 3 from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 pm, and July 4 from 8:00 am to midnight.
Eric Sanders owner of Fly By Night Fireworks expressed opposition changing the time frame to seven days from the current ten.
"We're not a 365 24/7 business. We have ten days to do our business, and that's it. If we lose any days in there to weather which we have your sales can go from a good year to an average year."
Council member Kory Hildebrand stated he’s received calls from constituents in favor of the change.
"The first one (call) came from people who own animals. The dogs hate the fireworks and they have a hard time with their animals for those ten days. The second one was for shift work. The third one was, I had a veteran call me who read our agenda and said, 'I ask the we do the seven days because some of us have come back for our freedom for this day, which our fireworks come from another country and for ten days I suffer with PTSD.'"
The council agreed to alter the new ordinance and have more conversations with the firework stand owners.
The motion was tabled unanimously.