Fireworks Fizzle Out in Marseilles as city cites concerns for Pets, Veterans with PTSD 


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MARSEILLES, Ill. – Cliffs Insane Terrain Off-Road Park in Marseilles won’t be selling fireworks any time soon, as the city council voted against changing an ordinance to allow it. 

The decision was made after Mayor Jim Hollenbeck and some council members expressed concern about the impact a potential change in the fireworks ordinance would have on the community. They cited the large number of calls the police department receives about scared pets and veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to the loud noises and sudden flashes of fireworks.

The off-road park had hoped to boost its revenue by selling fireworks on site. However, the council’s priority is the safety and well-being of Marseilles residents and visitors.

The decision is a disappointment for those who were looking forward to buying fireworks at the park, but it reflects the city council’s commitment to keeping the community safe. Cliffs Insane Terrain Off-Road Park will continue to offer a variety of outdoor activities, ensuring a fun and safe experience for everyone.

The decision not to allow fireworks sales takes into consideration the potential impact on pets and individuals with PTSD. Fireworks can be particularly distressing for pets, causing them to run away and become lost. 

For veterans with PTSD, the loud noises and sudden flashes can trigger flashbacks and anxiety. By prohibiting the sale of fireworks at the off-road park, the city council hopes to avoid such negative consequences.


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