Due to the 4th of July holiday, and to prevent as much confusion as possible, the City of Goshen and Borden WasteAway wish to remind residents that the garbage collection schedule for July 4, 5 and 6 will be delayed by one day. For example, the normal Wednesday route will be collected on Thursday, etc. Normal collection schedules will resume on Monday, July 9, 2018.

Independence Day is observed by Goshen’s City and Utility employees, and all offices are closed on Wednesday, July 4. Offices will re-open on Thursday, July 5 at normally scheduled times.

As the fireworks displays continue for the Independence Day celebration, it is important that Goshen residents be aware of fireworks regulations. A local city ordinance was adopted in 2007 at the urging of residents concerned about neighborhood safety and noise. Regulation is controlled by parameters imposed in state legislation.

Consumer fireworks are allowed by state legislation and local ordinance from 5:00 p.m. until two hours after sunset (or until approximately 11:20 p.m.) thru July 9, except July 4 they are allowed from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 midnight. Any other times require Board of Works approval and must be on real estate owned by a government entity. Fines for violations may be up to $500 per incident. To report a violation of the fireworks ordinance, citizens are welcome to call the non-emergency dispatch phone number—533.4151. The caller must supply an exact address of where the violation is occurring in order for a police officer to respond effectively to the call.

Fireworks NOT limited to certain dates and times by local ordinance include dipped sticks or wire sparklers. However, total pyrotechnic composition may not exceed 100 grams/item and chlorate or perchlorate salts may not exceed 5 grams/item. Other items NOT regulated by local ordinance include cylindrical or cone fountains, illuminating torches, wheels, ground spinners, flitter sparklers, snakes or glow worms, smoke devices and trick noisemakers (i.e. party poppers, booby traps, snappers, trick matches, cigarette loads).

Local regulations apply to “consumer fireworks” as defined in state statutes. Such fireworks include certain small ground or aerial devices designed to produce visible and/or audible effects by combustion. They are required to comply with the construction, chemical composition and labeling regulations of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission under 16CFR1507. Ground devices (firecrackers, salutes and chasers) are limited to 50 milligrams of explosive composition. Aerial devices (sky rockets, missile type rockets, helicopters or spinners, roman candles, mines and shells) are limited to 130 milligrams of explosive composition. Larger devices are not allowed under local ordinance and require state permitting.