Archive for Thursday, June 25, 2009

City ordinance restricts July 4 firework use

June 25, 2009

The Fourth of July holiday is just around the corner, and I thought this would be an opportune time to remind everyone of the city of Basehor fireworks ordinance (under Basehor Codes, Chapter VII, Article 3) as it pertains to the discharge of fireworks.

The term fireworks shall include but is not limited to: firecrackers, torpedoes, sparklers, roman candles, sky rockets, pin wheels, caps or any like device that does not contain more than .25 grains of explosive mixture that may be shot into the air or propelled over the ground by explosive discharge. All fireworks offered for sale and discharged within the city shall be of a type that has been tested and approved for sale and use within the state by the Kansas State Fire Marshal.

Bottle rockets and other similar self-propelled fireworks devices consisting of a tube and attached guiding stock or rod shall not be sold or discharged in the city. It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge, ignite or fire any fireworks upon any public street, alley or avenue, or in any park or public place within the city. It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, cast or propel fireworks of any kind in the direction of or into the path of any animal, person or group of persons, under or into any vehicle of any kind whether moving or not.

Fireworks may be discharged in the city of Basehor from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from June 30 through July 3, from 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on July 4, and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 5.

The chief of police, fire chief or any representative of either department is authorized to seize and confiscate all fireworks that may be kept, stored, or used in violation of this city ordinance.

Please keep in mind that in 2007, a total of 125 firework injuries were reported in Kansas. The majority of the injuries reported occurred on the days and weeks surrounding the holiday. Injuries to the eyes, hands and neck were most common, with more than 35 percent of the injuries from individuals under the age of 18.

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday, and remember to closely supervise all young children that are in the vicinity of any fireworks activity.

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