WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office says bottle rockets and M80s are illegal in Kansas and extremely dangerous.
Bottle rockets are any pyrotechnic device that is mounted on a stick or wire and projects into the air when ignited
The use or sale of banned fireworks is considered a crime under Kansas law.
It is also illegal in Kansas to shoot fireworks on or under any vehicle, on any public roadway, within 50 feet of a fireworks stand or where fireworks are stored, and at gas stations or any place liquid gas – including propane – is stored.
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In Wichita, you can shoot fireworks from now to July 5 from 10 a.m. to midnight. Fireworks purchased within the city limits are legal to shoot off in Wichita.
“No fireworks over six feet and any fireworks labeled “shooting flaming balls” are not allowed,” said Wichita Fire Department Battalion Chief Jose Ocadiz.
In Topeka, fireworks can be shot on July 3 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and July 4 from 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Some cities and counties have restricted dates/times and types of fireworks that may be sold or discharged. Always refer to local ordinances.
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2020 KANSAS FIREWORK INJURIES
In 2020, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, there were a total of 180 injuries caused by fireworks in Kansas. It is an increase from 2019.
- Over half of the injuries occurred from fireworks happened on the Fourth of July and most persons received burns
- The majority of injuries occurred to those between the ages of 25 and 34, but there was also an increase in injuries to those between the ages of 45 and 54
- The highest number of injuries were caused by mortars or artillery fireworks
- The person igniting the firework was most likely to be injured and hands were the most common body part to be injured
Data was collected through voluntary reporting from Kansas hospitals and administered by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS
- 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 the 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.