Original: With New Year's Eve quickly approaching, the city of Kyle is setting new measures to hinder residents from igniting fireworks.
On Tuesday, Kyle City Council will vote on whether or not to give city law enforcement and the fire marshal the ability to issue citations for code violations related to fireworks.
It is currently illegal for any person to own, assemble, store, create, transport, ignite or sell fireworks in Kyle or 5,000 feet from Kyle’s city limits.
Violators may be given a class C misdemeanor, and under the current city ordinance, only city police officers and the fire marshal can issue citations.
If the amended ordinance is approved, the fire marshal, a police officer of the city, a code enforcement officer or any other duly-constituted peace officer of the city will have the power to issue citations for any firework violation.
Kyle has taken a strong stance against fireworks due to safety reasons, such as fire hazards, and “large volume of citizen complaints resulting from the disturbing noise, false “gun shots fired” calls and trash,” according to a memorandum from Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett to City Manager Scott Sellers.
Kyle City Council takes place Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Kyle City Hall.