By Jim Tortolano/Garden Grove Journal
Fifteen fireworks stands could sprout on the sidewalks and parking lots of Westminster this July under an ordinance considered by the City Council Wednesday night.
The proposed law provides specifics for an initiative approved by voters in November repealing the city’s ban on the sale and possession of “safe and sane” pyrotechnics within city limits.
Westminster will join Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Garden Grove, Santa Ana and Stanton as Orange County communities that allow fireworks to be sold by non-profit organizations such as youth sports programs, civic groups and others.
Action by the council came after our deadline; for results of the meeting, go to www.ggjournal.com or see the account in the Feb. 3 print edition of the Journal.
The ordinance before the council calls for 15 permits issued to groups that can sell fireworks from June 30 through July 4 at 9 p.m. Sales hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 30-July 3, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on July 4.
Discharge of the fireworks would be limited to a period from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4.
Only non-profit tax-exempt organizations that are located within city limits and which primarily benefit Westminster residents.
The staff report on the proposed ordinance suggests that since the city subsidizes some civic groups, the money raised by the sale of fireworks may help “relieve some of the burden currently absorbed by the city to support these organizations.”