BRAWLEY — The city's ordinance prohibiting the sale of fireworks within city limits was upheld here Monday night as the City Council voted 4-1 to deny Imperial resident Tony Ojeda's request for a variance in the city ordinance.
Councilman John Benson dissented.
Ojeda went before the council last month seeking the variance that would have allowed him to sell fireworks within city limits.
Fireworks vendors are allowed to sell fireworks as close as 3 feet outside city limits on county grounds where fireworks sales are legal.
Brawley Fire Chief Frank Contreras opposed the request, saying his department lacked the manpower to regulate vendors' compliance with safety regulations.