Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke reminds that there is an ordinance in place regarding when and where fireworks can be discharged in Peabody.
“The ordinance allows people to shoot them from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. beginning July 1 and, this year, ending at 10 p.m. on July 4,” Burke said. “Since the 4th is on a Wednesday this year, the next day is a work day and we will be shutting down the firing of personal fireworks at 10 p.m.
“That means that people need to get them fired on the previous nights or during the day on the Fourth.”
Burke also reminds that fireworks can only be discharged on private property with permission of the owner or the lawful occupant.
“No public or city property can be used as a place to shoot fireworks,” he said. “And that include streets, alleys, sidewalks, parks, and other city property.
“Also, all trash and wrappers should be picked up after the fireworks have all been discharged.”
Only common fireworks can be discharged in the city.
The city ordinance further states that fireworks cannot be discharged within 50 feet of a retail fireworks stand, a gasoline filling station, or in, into, or under any motor vehicle; nor can fireworks be thrown from any motor vehicle.
“We do intend to patrol the neighborhoods after the show at the park,” Burke said. “And either I or the fire chief or any of our authorized agents can legally seize and confiscate all fireworks in an individual’s possession or that are being used in violation of the city ordinance.”
For more information, contact Burke at the Peabody Police Department, (620) 983-2133.