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San Juan County Fireworks Permit (November 2009)

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A San Juan County Fireworks Permit ballot referendum was on the November 3, 2009 ballot in San Juan County.

The measure was approved.[1]

  • YES 4,096 (53.49%)Approveda
  • NO 3,561 (46.51%)

This ballot referendum will prohibit the sale, possession, discharge and transfer of fireworks within the county without a proper permit. This referendum will also instate penalties if a person was caught without the necessary permit.

Ban Overturn

A court ruling reversed the ballot ban, meaning that fireworks are allowed in the county limits. The issue may again go to a vote in November of 2010 unless the county appeals the judge's decision. The court ruled that the petition was invalid due to legal issues. Due to this reason there will be a likely re-vote in November.[2]

Ballot summary

The ballot read:

"The San Juan County Council adopted Ordinance 28-2008 concerning fireworks and voters have filed a sufficient referendum petition on this Ordinance. The Ordinance prohibits the possession, sale, transfer, and discharge of fireworks without a permit and provides for penalties for violations. Should Ordinance 28-2008 be:"[3]