Skan: Town looks at private fireworks permits

By Abbey Woodcock

What qualifies as a public fireworks display?

This is the question that came before the town board Thursday and the question that New York State is working out.

Private fireworks displays are illegal in New York but is a display at the Welch Allyn Lodge or the Skaneateles Country Club considered private.

Right now the commonly held belief is that if the display is noticed in the newspaper, it is a public display.

Others feel that since you "can't hide" the display, any display could be considered for the general public's enjoyment.

Steve Pierce of Telstar Fireworks is trying to figure out what the town's regulations are on displays. Pierce is the vendor of choice for the Skaneateles area.

He spoke at Thursday's meeting about a variety of resident's concerns including noise, safety and the effect on the watershed.

"We believe in being good neighbors," he said, citing that he tries not to start shows too late in the evening and will work with clients on less noisy fireworks.

As for the environmental effects, he said his products are the greenest around.

"The shells are made from rice paper and rice glue, they contain no synthetics and dissolve in water," he said.

Bill Aaron wasn't convinced about the "good neighbor policy."

"It turns into a battle between the club and the lodge on who can have the loudest, most obnoixous fireworks," he said.

The board decided to look into the firework's effects on the watershed, and table and laws on the subject until the state passes its regulations on private versus public displays.

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