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'We had 40 noise complaints:' Cayce working to create guidelines for returning music festival

A music festival at Columbia Speedway caused disruption for residents last year, now the City of Cayce is hoping to create guidelines for the noise.

CAYCE, S.C. — In a Cayce City Council meeting Wednesday, the Hidden City Music Festival was a hot topic of debate.

The festival made its debut as the first electronic dance music or EDM festival in the Columbia area last April, but according to Cayce Mayor Elise Partin, the festival did not go like it thought it would. 

The city's fireworks ordinance only allows fireworks during certain times on independence day and new year's but for special events, the city has to grant permission. 

According to the City of Cayce, they had to issue citations to the organizers of the event last year because the fireworks did not stop after police tried to shut them down.

"If our police went and asked for something to stop that they didn't have approval for, and if that was not listened to, then that's concerning to me," Mayor Partin said. 

The council expressed mixed feelings about approving fireworks for the festival this year.

"Since they've taken all the right avenues, and I think considering the artist lineup it looks to be a pretty awesome show and showcasing our city and the venue as well," Councilman Hunter Sox said.

"Last year they were told to comply with the city ordinance, and didn't so who's to say that they would this year?" said Mayor Pro Tem James Jenkins.

The council voted to defer the decision until they can get more information about how long the fireworks will last. 

Mayor Partin says they will look at this issue again in their next meeting on April 4. 

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