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SHIPPENSBURG – Setting off fireworks in a parking lot at 12:30 this morning earned a local man a citation for violating Shippensburg’s noise ordinance.

Police were called to the North Washington residence on a noise complaint just after midnight Saturday morning, where Paul E. Green, 54, was reportedly setting off fireworks that could be heard five properties away.

Green, who according to police was “obviously inebriated,” was using a parking lot at the rear of his residence to launch his fireworks display.

He had been warned on several previous occasions that the ordinance prohibited loud noise that could disturb neighbors were not allowed in the borough between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. police said.

According to the police report, Green became belligerent when told that he would not be warned this time but was going to be cited for a noise ordinance violation.

He allegedly continued to yell at police as he walked back inside his residence.

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A non-traffic citation has been filled against Green for the ordinance violation.

According to the ordinance, found on the Shippensburg borough website, a person is in violation when they “create a noise disturbance across a property or boundary line, or between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. (create) a noise that can be heard across a property or boundary line.”

Penalties for violating the ordinance are fines of not less than $25 or more than $300 and costs of prosecution. Unpaid fines could result in jail time.

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