Brandon Lifts Fireworks Ban


While a lot of cities have tightened their laws on fireworks, Brandon is loosening them. This year, they’re trying something different and it’s having a big impact on firework sales. 

Sales have exploded at fireworks stands all around Brandon, including at TJ Cameron’s.  

Cameron has been selling fireworks for seven years and he says business has never been better. 

“It’s been fantastic, we’ve got customers for the last seven years from all over the state, Iowa, Minnesota and the city, it’s going really well, we’re having a record year already,” Cameron said. 

That’s probably because of the new ordinance for ordnance.   

For the first time, as long as anyone can remember, Brandon is lifting its fireworks ban within city limits, but only for tonight and all day tomorrow.   

City officials say it just made sense after years of trying to fight it. 

“People were shooting off fireworks anyway, too many complaints,” city administrator Bryan Read said.  “Virtually impossible to stop it, we just want to control it and slow it down.” 

Police had a hard time enforcing the fireworks ban, because they typically had to catch someone in the act.  This year they don’t have to worry about that, however, the new ordinance does come with a couple of restrictions. 

“They have to be on their own property and clean up their own debris,” Read said. 

Which is why fireworks sales around Brandon this holiday season are sizzling hot.  
“I’ve been trying to get the word out as fast as I possibly can,” Cameron said. 

Brandon residents can begin shooting off fireworks within city limits Monday night from 7 pm – 11 pm, then again Tuesday from 10 am to 11 pm.  Anyone caught violating the rules could be fined $100.

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