Mercer County fireworks ordinance in effect until July 7

MERCER COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – A Mercer County Official reminds the public to follow guidelines set by the local firework ordinance.

The ordinance officially began yesterday and lasts until July 7. Residents are not permitted to shoot fireworks before 9 p.m. or after midnight. County commissioner Greg Puckett says this is meant to help all residents.

“We’d like to have people comply,” said Puckett. “We don’t want to have to send enforcement out, because to be honest with you, they’ve got better things to do. We’ve got other problems. We shouldn’t have to worry about fireworks, but the ordinance came about because we had animal owners [and] veterans… that were complaining.”

The ordinance passed last year, making this year the second it’s been in effect.

puckett says if you have problems, you should call the mercer county sheriff’s office.

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