The city council Tuesday night will consider an ordinance to keep fireworks out of John Kemp Park and the Civic Center Complex near the Folsom Zoo and Rodeo.
Parks and Recreation Director Robert Goss says one reason for the proposed ban is that noisy fireworks – like Piccolo Pete’s – stress out the zoo animals.
"The zookeepers equate the impact on the animals to finger nails on a chalk board to humans it’s just nerve wracking and that’s because the animal’s hearing is so sensitive that it just basically drives them nuts and unfortunately we do have to do some sedation to keep them calm."
Goss says over the years, fireworks have also caused some injuries at the park.
The ordinance wouldn’t affect the professional fireworks display or ban the sale of “safe and sane” fireworks in Folsom, just make it illegal to use them at the city’s two big parks.