first_imgThe City Council has passed the first of three readings to amend Sioux City’s fireworks ordinance.The council voted 3-2 to shorten the time residents may set off fireworks.The new ordinance would allow fireworks to be used from July 3rd through July 4th from the hours of 1:00 P.M. until 11:00 P.M; and from December 31st from 1:00 P.M. until 12:30 A.M. on January 1st.Councilman Alex Watters and Pete Groetken voted no, with Groetken concerned that the public needed more time to become aware of the change:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/FWORKS3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….input from everybody. :15David Johnston lives in Morningside and supports the shorter time period.He told council members there was plenty of public notice:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/FWORKS4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…be voting on it. :14Another resident, Brent Watchorn,told council members he opposes shortening the time period and that two days was ridiculous:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/FWORKS5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….. today because I work. :14The council will vote on the second reading next week.last_img