At long last, those residents who wish to use fireworks on July 3 and 4th will be able to do so without fear of a ticket or fine.
To be honest, the Gardner fireworks’ ban was only sporadically enforced, and fireworks have been lighting up Gardner for as long as we can remember – although illegally.
Under the prior ordinance, shooting fireworks was considered an unclassified misdemeanor and subject to a $100 fine.
The new ordinance regulates the days and times fireworks can be lit; and also allows the selling of fireworks within the city limits – subject to a proper permit and insurance.
If embraced responsibly, this change could be a benefit to both residents – who can buy and shoot fireworks locally – and the city coffers – which stand to collect additional sales tax revenue.
The key word is responsibly.