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Firework ordinances and safety

As we approach the 4th of July holiday, it's good to keep safety — and local firework ordinances in mind.

Recently, social media specialist Keith Davenport sat down with Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Claire Canaan to discuss firework safety. Deputy Canaan, who serves as public information officer for the agency, provided some simple tips for enjoying fireworks safely.

Residents should start planning their fireworks events by checking their local laws and ordinances, Canaan shared. Cities have guidelines regarding if, when and what types of fireworks may be allowed. Fireworks are illegal in the unincorporated parts of the county, unless a permit application was submitted at least 10 days in advance.

Deputy Canaan provided several other safety guidelines as well:

  1. Make sure there is a responsible adult present.
  2. If you get a dud firework, wait 20 minutes and then douse it in water. Don’t try to relight it.
  3. Mixing alcoholic beverages with fireworks is unsafe.
  4. Buy fireworks from reputable vendors and don’t try to make or light homemade fireworks.
  5. Since it’s hot out, make sure to drink plenty of water and eat regularly. 

Other safety tips include using fireworks as intended, don’t throw fireworks, and have water on hand in case of fire.

Residents who have concerns about fireworks being shot off illegally should contact local law enforcement at their non-emergency number. The Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number is 913-782-0720. Check your city police departments website for non-emergency numbers. If there is an emergency, please call 911.


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