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Firework Regulations and Guidelines in the City Limits of Liberal

Joe Denoyer - June 26, 2020 10:23 am

With the 4th of July rapidly approaching, the City of Liberal would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.  If your Independence Day celebration includes fireworks we would like to offer the following information to guide and assist your holiday planning.
It is legal to purchase fireworks within the City limits at properly permitted and approved vendors from July 1st through the 4th.
It is also legal to discharge fireworks within the City limits on the following days (2020):
Wednesday July 1st – 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Thursday July 2nd – 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
Friday July 3rd – 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday July 4th – 8:00 am to Midnight
Sunday July 5th – 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
As a general rule of thumb if you purchase your fireworks within the city limits, they will be legal for discharge.  The if your fireworks were purchased outside the city limits please remember that the following types of fireworks are prohibited:
1.       Firecrackers greater than one and one-half inch (1 ½”) in length.
2.       Torpedoes.
3.       Sky rockets and bottle rockets as defined by the State Fire Marshal.
4.       Roman Candles.
Fireworks may only be discharged on private property.  It is unlawful to discharge fireworks on any public street, alley or avenue or in any park or public place in the City.
The following safety tips are provided by the Kansas State Fire Marshal Office:
         Always read and follow label instructions.
         Always purchase high quality fireworks from a reliable, legitimate source.
         Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter.”
         Never give fireworks to small children.
         Adults should always supervise use of fireworks by older children.
         Always wear eye protection when lighting fireworks.
         Never ignite fireworks indoors. Make sure your outdoor area is safe for firework use.
         Never point or throw fireworks at a person, building, or animal.
         Have a source of water handy, in case of fire.
         Always shoot fireworks from a level surface.
         Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
         Light only one firework at a time.
         Never attempt to re-light malfunctioning fireworks.
         When lighting fireworks, never position any part of your body over them.
         Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
         Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
         Never experiment with homemade fireworks. They are dangerous and illegal.
         Bottle rockets and other skyrockets that are mounted on a stick or wire are illegal.
         It is illegal to shoot fireworks on or under a vehicle, on any public roadway, within 50 feet of a firework stand or where fireworks are stored, and gas stations or any place liquid gas – including propane – is stored.
The local ordinance for fireworks is intended to allow everyone to enjoy the holiday regardless of whether or not you include fireworks in your celebration.  We encourage you to celebrate safely and with consideration for your neighbors, pets and property.  As a reminder violation of any provision of the fireworks ordinance is unlawful and may be punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 in Municipal Court.


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