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Sullivan official pulls proposal for restrictions on fireworks

September 20th, 2011 10:40 am by John Osborne

BLOUNTVILLE — For now, at least, the use of fireworks will continue to be permitted in noncity sections of Sullivan County between 10 a.m. and midnight, year-round.

Sullivan County Commissioner John Gardner on Monday withdrew his proposal to prohibit the use of fireworks within 200 feet of someone else’s home and to tighten the time frame they could be shot to 2 to 10 p.m. — except on New Year’s Eve or Independence Day, when the cutoff would be extended to 12:30 a.m. the following morning.

Gardner, however, said he plans to rework the proposal and submit a new resolution that will seek some sort of action from the state. The goal there will be to put some teeth into the county’s enforcement options on whatever local rules the commission might eventually settle on.

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