City Council to consider emergency fireworks ban


Craig residents will be able to celebrate Independence Day by watching the Craig Fire/Rescue's fireworks display not by setting off their own if the Craig City Council passes and emergency fireworks ban Tuesday night.
The council will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Craig City Hall.
Responding to a request from Attorney General Ken Salazar, Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta recommended the city pass an ordinance that bans the use of fireworks within the city limits and establishes penalties for their use.
If this ordinance passes, the Craig Police Department will take a "zero tolerance" stance. Anyone caught with any type of firework will be cited into court where they will face fines of between $25 and $200, possible jail time of five to 40 days and probation and community service.
"It just seems like the prudent thing to do considering the nature of the weather and the fire risk," Vanatta said. "It's just so dry out, it seems reasonable to do it."
Those fines could be increased if the council chooses.
Gov. Bill Owens passed a statewide ban on the sale of fireworks earlier this month, but left the enforcement up to each city and county.
His prohibition did not include personal use of fireworks.
The Moffat County commissioners passed a similar ban last week. It is also illegal to use fireworks in the county or to have any open flame, except in established camping areas or where fire pits have
been established.

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