Jan 28, 2013 1:30 PM by AP
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - It could prove more difficult to get and use fireworks in Lafourche Parish.
The Parish Council recently upped fees vendors must pay to sell fireworks, set new rules for where stands can be located and is promising to enforce existing restrictions more vigorously than in the past.
Councilman Jerry Lafont is leading the campaign, complaining that fireworks stand owners are primarily out-of-state residents who unfairly take advantage of Lafourche residents while contributing little to the tax base.
Parish President Charlotte Randolph tells The Daily Comet there will be a greater effort to enforce restrictions that Lafont claims were regularly ignored regarding firework stands' distance from homes.
Lafont said the parish has the right to rescind a permit if the rules are not followed.