Archive for Thursday, July 1, 2004

Basehor police follow state’s lead on fireworks

July 1, 2004

Basehor residents will again be able to shoot off fireworks this year to celebrate the Independence Day holiday, but there are some rules to follow and precautions to take.

Sgt. Martin Cigich of the Basehor Police Department said the city will uphold all fireworks bans that state laws provide. Thus, bottle rockets and all other similar tube-like devices propelled by a guiding rod are illegal to sell or discharge within the city. Additionally, fireworks users will not be allowed to throw fireworks.

"Whatever the state has mandated as illegal, we will follow," he said.

Effective Wednesday, residents were allowed to discharge fireworks between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. On July 4, residents will be allowed to discharge fireworks between 9 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Residents will be given one additional day, July 5, when they will be allowed to shoot off their last remaining fireworks between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

However, Cigich said that just because a firework is legal does not necessarily mean that the practice of discharging it is perfectly safe.

"Children need to be supervised at all times around fireworks," he said. "And nobody needs to be holding them in their hand while they light them."

Finally, Cigich said that residents should not assume the police department will look the other way in regards to fireworks violations.

"I just would like to state that they may be cited for any illegal use of fireworks," he said.

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