McCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — McCracken County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mike Turnbow says they start receiving complaints about fireworks being lit late at night this time of year.
Turnbow says that unlike the city of Paducah, McCracken County does not have a noise ordinance.
The sheriff’s office says, in past years, they have charged noise offenders with disorderly conduct after a certain time of night. They say this policy will remain in effect this July.
The sheriff’s office says no enforcement action will take place for residents in the county, unless there are extenuating circumstances, until midnight on July 3rd, but since many people will have to work on Friday, it will be 11 p.m. on Thursday, July 4th.
People can also be charged with criminal littering if firework debris gets into other people’s property or state and county roads, says Turnbow. These charges could lead to serious fines if found guilty.
Disorderly conduct in the 2nd degree is a Class B misdemeanor and can be up to 90 days in jail and/or a $250 fine. Criminal littering is a Class A misdemeanor and can be up to 12 months in jail and/or a $500 fine.
The sheriff’s office says they want everyone to have a safe and fun 4th of July, but want people to be respectful of others when shooting fireworks.