The Columbia City Council is considering a ban on possessing fireworks within the city limits.
The proposed law would make possession of fireworks a misdemeanor. The existing law prohibits the sale, manufacture and use of fireworks inside the city.
Columbia Police Sergeant Jill Schlude says existing laws restrict officers’ ability to respond to complaints. Shooting usually stops before they arrive.
“It just became a real issue – that enforcement was close to impossible based on the current language,” Schlude says.