CENTERVILLE -- The festivities are over, but the celebratory explosions of light and sound have left a lingering discontent for some.
City officials say changes to the fireworks allowance this year generated many complaints about noise and interruption.
City Manager Steve Thacker said many council members received complaints and some had issues of their own as the fireworks were shooting off longer, higher and more often, thus interrupting people's sleep.
He explained the changes that allowed fireworks to be fired for more than the typical 14-day period in July and that allowed some in-air fireworks to be shot as high as 50 feet.
"People can have more aggressive fireworks over a 30-day period," he said. "It used to be a limited period under the old law. They just seem louder. That is what raised the issue."
At a recent meeting, city council members discussed what, if anything, should be done in terms of ordinances to improve the situation next year.
City officials discussed this at length, talking about whether there needed to be a specific city ordinance or if it is something the state Legislature could do as an amendment in its next session.
"I assume this is a common thing throughout Utah cities," Thacker said. "There was some talk that maybe there would be an amendment in the next session that would address this.
"There might be some reasonable limits on it, so cities don't have to (police it) individually. The Legislature is the one that made this problem worse by allowing more aggressive fireworks and extending to 30 days."
The city could address the issue under the current noise ordinance. The police would contact the offending parties, warn them of the complaint and then continue to more severe actions such as a citation if the offense continued.
"The city is uncertain of how to deal with it at this point," Thacker said.
Officials even discussed adopting a policy that would allow fireworks until 10:30 p.m. or 11 p.m.
However, no consensus was reached.
Officials will study this issue more to see if they can act to improve the situation next year.
Thacker said the city might wait to see if action will be taken first at the state level.