Fireworks remain part of July 4th celebration

Clif Knight

Hartselle Enquirer

 

Fireworks continue to be a big part of the Fourth of July celebration in Hartselle even though shooting them within the corporate limits is a violation of a city ordinance.

If you’re in the hunt for firecrackers, Roman candles, sparklers, bottle rockets or projectiles with a higher velocity, you can find them at fireworks stands on Highway 31 North and Highway 36 East. Both are legal because they operate on un-annexed county property.

Bobby and Barbara Holaway have sold fireworks from a trailer across from Lowe’s for more than 20 years and have many more years of experience in the business. He began selling them from the bed of a pickup truck in 1957.

“Our customers come back because they like our pricing,” said Mrs. Holaway. Everything is buy one, get one free.”

“We remind each customer that shooting fireworks inside the city limits of Hartselle is iIlegal,” she pointed out, “and encourage them to take safety precautions and respect their neighbors when using them.”

“We know we’re going to hear fireworks going off in the city on the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve,” said Hartselle Police Chief Ron Puckett. “It’s been that way as long as I can remember. Our on-duty officers are not going to be chasing after violators every time they hear fireworks go off. But they will respond and enforce the law when they receive complaints from neighbors of violators.”

“We have looked into making a revision of the fireworks ordinance to permit them to be used inside the city limits for brief periods on July Fourth and New Year’s,” Puckett said.  “Hopefully, that’s something our mayor and council will take under consideration in the near future.”

 

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