- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) - Jamestown residents will vote next week whether to limit the sale and discharge of fireworks to five days over the Fourth of July holiday.

Fireworks currently are allowed in the city for nine days - from June 27 through July 5. The City Council in August voted to let residents decide the proper length of time, after complaints that a nine-day period was excessive.

Resident Danielle Schmidt, who is spearheading the push for five days, said she believes it’s a good compromise between allowing fireworks for more than a week and outlawing them altogether.

“I’m not in favor of seeing them outlawed, but you know there are a lot of people who are disturbed by them for a number of different reasons,” she told KQDJ radio (https://bit.ly/ZTxUKz ).

Fireworks retailers are campaigning against the measure, saying it could hurt their businesses. Spokesman Braun Knutson said he finds it ironic that people’s freedom to shoot fireworks might be curtailed on a patriotic holiday.

“We’re basically celebrating our freedom, and then there’s a couple of people who want to try to change that for everybody,” he said.

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Information from: KQDJ, https://www.newsdakota.com/kqdj-1400am/

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