No fireworks, including firecrackers, sparklers, or Roman candles may be discharged within the city limits except as hereinafter provided.
On the dates of July 4 through July 5 between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. and on December 31 between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight, the use of fireworks shall be permitted, with the exception of any aerial fireworks device commonly referred to as a "sky lanterns", or any other similar device, regardless of its name.
With the exception of fireworks used or exploded by the city for purposes of a public display, no fireworks shall be used or discharged on any city-owned property.
No fireworks shall be used or exploded on private property without the property owner's written consent.
A person of at least 21 years of age shall supervise the discharge of any fireworks if any person participating in the activity is under the age of 16.
The fire chief shall permit the use of fireworks, including aerial fireworks, for a public display when all provisions of NFPA 1123 are met and after all necessary permits have been issued. If any such permit is issued, any such display shall be handled by a competent operator approved by the fire chief, and shall be of such character and so located, discharged or fired so as not to be hazardous to property or endanger any person. No such permit shall normally be authorized except between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on July 1 through July 5, and December 31 between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight.
The mayor, or his designee, after consultation with the fire chief, may grant an event permit to allow the discharge of fireworks for special events/occasions. Applications for an event permit must be made on a form supplied by the city. A permit may be granted at the discretion of the Mayor and Fire Chief.
The display and/or consumer use of fireworks may be prohibited by the fire chief at any time based on fire or wind conditions and the need to maintain public safety.
Persons possessing or using fireworks in violation of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. In addition, a law enforcement or code compliance officer is authorized to seize all fireworks from persons violating the terms of this section. If any provisions of this section are violated, a law enforcement or code compliance officer shall be authorized to enforce these provisions. Any ceased fireworks may be destroyed at the discretion of the fire chief, law enforcement or code compliance officer.
( Ord. No. 39-2021 , § 1(Exh. A), 11-1-2021)
State Law reference— Fire prevention and protection generally, A.C.A. § 12-13-101 et seq.; fire prevention and protection and safety, A.C.A § 20-22-201 et seq.; Fireworks, A.C.A § 20-22-701 et seq.; cities may prohibit, A.C.A. § 20-22-704.