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Council approves eight fireworks permits

Local leaders remind Independence Day partiers to be mindful of neighbors, pets

By Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer | Jun 27, 2021

At last Monday evening’s meeting, the Estherville City Council approved fireworks for seven city residents, and for Aspire of Estherville, recently changed from Rosewood Manor, pending insurance paperwork, in addition to the one permit approved at its last meeting. The deadline has passed to submit applications for fireworks permits. City code enforcement officer Greg Van Langen said if Emmet County Emergency Services imposes a burn ban between now and Independence Day weekend, all permits are rescinded.

As much color, power, illumination and fun as fireworks bring to a celebration, local leaders are reminding residents to consider neighbors as well as their own and their neighbors’ pets. Preparing for the holiday means making sure pets are prepared for what can be a stressful and traumatic experience dealing with the loud noises that come from fireworks.

Kristy Henning of Emmet County Animal Shelter said, “The number one important thing is to make sure your pet is secure in your home.”

Henning said some people will put the pet in their bathroom or bedroom, but the pet can still become so afraid and disoriented that they will break out of a window or scoot past someone who opens the door to that room.

Read the rest of this story in the Monday, June 28 edition of the Estherville News. Subscribe by calling 712-362-2622.