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July 3, 2014

CPD: No fireworks allowed without permit

As the calendar year nears the Fourth of July, residents of the City of Cullman will be preparing to celebrate. Those who wish to shoot fireworks within the city limits, however, must have a permit.

“There is a city ordinance against fireworks being shot in Cullman,” said Craig Green, assistant chief of police. “Shooting in the city requires a permit.”

According to Green, obtaining a permit before the Fourth of July is impossible, but he did offer an alternative.

“The police department suggests you attend Desperation Church’s firework festival at Heritage Park,” Green said. “They offer family entertainment and safety. They’ve hired a company to handle the fireworks.”

The ordinance is designed to limit noise within the city and also to protect its residents and residential areas.

The ordinance does not apply to Cullman County as a whole, so those who would like to shoot their own fireworks outside the city are welcome to do so.

Despite this, Green stressed the importance of safe entertainment.

“Even without the ordinance, I would still advise families to attend the event at Heritage Park,” Green said. “Every year people are injured handling fireworks on their own. We will have police officers on hand at the event, and Desperation Church has a history of putting on a great, safe show.”

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