By Adam Swift
The City Councilâ€™s legislative affairs committee is scheduled to discuss a revised citywide fireworks ordinance introduced by Ward 6 Councillor Richard Serino at its next meeting on Monday afternoon.
â€œI filed this ordinance change to get onto the books an ordinance relative to banning fireworks,â€ said Serino. â€œRight now, fireworks are banned in the city of Revere and they are banned statewide, but our city ordinance doesnâ€™t really speak to any penalties or anything simply beyond just simply the fact that they are not to be shot off in city limits.â€
Under the proposed ordinance change, there would be a penalty of $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second offense, and $150 for subsequent offenses for anyone who has fireworks â€œin their possession or under their control, or whoever shall use or explode or cause to explode any fireworks.â€
During last weekâ€™s council meeting, Serino showed several photos of the debris left behind from fireworks in the St. Maryâ€™s parking lot on the morning of July 5.
â€œOur DPW guys had to go down there and clean up what members of the public just blatantly trashed and left in our community and across the city,â€ said Serino.
In addition to creating safety hazards, Serino said the proliferation of fireworks, especially around the Fourth of July, causes pollution throughout the city.
Councillor-at-Large Anthony Zambuto commended Serino for introducing the ordinance change and said he supported it 100 percent.
Councillor-at-Large Steve Morabito, who chairs the legislative affairs committee, said he expects there to be a lot of discussion about the proposal.
Morabito also said he would like to see the city institute an anonymous tip line so people could report instances of illegal fireworks.