The City Council voted unanimously last week to stiffen penalties for individuals cited for violating the city’s fireworks ordinance.
The revamped ordinance was approved by a 3-0 vote. Councilman David Romero was absent from last Wednesday’s meeting.
Despite the severe fire season predicted for this summer, Fire Chief Phillip Mares told the Council that under state law, the city cannot ban fireworks outright. He said that as it relates to the types of fireworks prohibited, the city’s ordinance is already as strict as it can be.