WICHITA, Kansas -- Wichita Fire Department officials are reminding residents to take precautions when shooting fireworks during the Fourth of July.
City officials are warning residents about the added danger of hot and windy weather and encourage them to follow the below safety tips:
- Keep fireworks away from grassy areas or structures
- Do not light fireworks if it's windy
- Consider attending a fireworks show in the area
- Use only fireworks sold in Wichita (others may be illegal)
- Place a garden hose and/or water bucket nearby to douse fireworks
- Closely supervise children using fireworks
- Set a good example: use fireworks as they are designed to be used
In Wichita, fireworks may be lawfully sold starting, Wednesday, June 27 through Friday, July 5.
Legal fireworks may be discharged during the same time period, between the hours of 6 a.m. and midnight each day.
Approved fireworks emit sparks no more than six-feet in any direction, and are not labeled as emitting flaming balls.
The Wichita Fire Department and Wichita Police Department will enforce local fireworks laws, which can include the issuing of citations and confiscating illegal fireworks. Fines can be up to $2,500.
Citations will result in a mandatory court appearance.
Those convicted face up to $2,500 in fines and possibly up to a year in jail.
Sedgwick County Emergency Communications will staff a non-emergency line for fireworks complaints on July 4-6 from 6:30 p.m. until 3 a.m.
During non-operational hours, any calls to that non-emergency line will transfer to the 911 system. The non-emergency phone number to use these nights will be 290-1011.
Also, the city says two public shows will be held. One will be on June 29th at Lawrence Dumont Stadium. The other will be held July 4th at Bradley Fair.
For additional information, please contact Fire Prevention at 268-4441, visit www.wichita.gov.
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