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Anchorage again considering New Year's fireworks

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Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2012 10:00 am

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Anchorage Assembly will consider next week fully bringing back residential fireworks to celebrate New Year's.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that Assemblyman Dick Traini will introduce a proposal next Tuesday, with a public hearing and decision on Dec. 18.

The Assembly first made them legal in 2010. Many people liked the displays that turned up across the city, but many others complained about the noise, and how it disturbed pets as well as some people.

Before New Year's Eve 2011, the Assembly tightened up the law to forbid fireworks within 200 feet of a neighbor's house. That effectively outlawed them in most neighborhoods.

The new proposal includes restrictions like no shooting fireworks within 500 feet of a gas station, hotel, school, assisted living facility or church, but would let people set them off 20 feet from somebody else's house.

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