|(Los Angeles, not Andover)|
credit: Steve Isaacs
The sale, distribution and discharge of stink bombs, smoke bombs and aerosol silly string products within the Town of Andover are prohibited.This is apparently not an uncommon kind of ban. Silly String is also banned in Middleborough, among other towns, and notably in Los Angeles, though only on Halloween. Stink bombs are banned in Oklahoma City. And there's New Hampshire 2017 House Bill 100, which would provide an exemption for "toy smoke devices" on the apparently more general prohibition of smoke bombs. I guess serious smoke bombs would still be banned.
I don't know of any other town that has banned all three. But I didn't do the most thorough of searches. Nor did I, in ten minutes of googling, see any codes that provided an exception like that of §39(d):
This by-law shall not apply to public safety personnel in the conduct of their duties.
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§39 was enacted in 1998, after the town "experienced severe problems" with these sorts of devices. It's hard for me to imagine how tough it must have been back then; I wasn't living in Andover at the time, so who am I to judge? One thing's for sure though, I haven't had any severe silly string problems since I've moved in. So I guess the ban is working!
The rest of Andover's bylaws are, for the most part, as interesting as you would expect bylaws to be.
|Awww yeah, candlepin.|
What you can't get a license for, according to Article XI §8(a), is an "automatic amusement device [kept at a business and operated for hire] which presents a risk of misuse as a gaming device". I'm not sure about "misuse as a gaming device". Is this indicating that gaming devices in general are bad, and we wouldn't want anyone using a non-gaming amusement device for gaming? Maybe the misuse is bad, but only the kind of misuse that can happen with gaming devices. MGL Chapter 140 Section 177A seems to indicate that pinball machines are "automatic amusement devices", but I would assume using it as a gaming device wouldn't be misuse.
Somehow I think they had slot machines in mind here, but they also helpfully list characteristics associated with risky amusement devices. If it has any of those characteristics, then no license for you. For instance, any device that "involves matching, random numbers, patterns or cards". Or one that "accumulates more than 26 plays" (26 seems like a strange threshold). Look out for any device that's "equipped with a "knock off" switch, button or similar device", those also carry a risk of misuse, somehow.
|Probably needs a rabies shot, though.|
So in summary, I'm not a lawyer, but I think you can ride your goat to the bowling alley on Sunday. And you can bring your Stink Bombs but you can't use them. And, please, play pinball only in moderation.