Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Do Not Purchase, Possess, or Light any Fireworks in Overland Park

Each year, Overland Park police officers respond to numerous complaints about illegal fireworks.

Fireworks pose a serious danger to everyone. The city has a comprehensive ordinance prohibiting all forms of fireworks. Additional officers will be on the streets to specifically enforce the ordinance.

In Overland Park, it is illegal to purchase, possess or discharge any fireworks, including sparklers, snakes, firecrackers and other devices. Fines range from $200 to $500.

Each year, fireworks are the cause of injuries and fires that destroy homes and businesses, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage. You should know that you could be held financially responsible for damage you or your children cause.

Rather than risk injury and property damage, attend this year's Fourth of July Star-Spangled Spectacular. This 4th of July event, seen by thousands, is sponsored by the City of Overland Park, Corporate Woods and the Overland Park Rotary Club.

Activities begin at 4 p.m. with the free fireworks show set for about 9:30 p.m. at Founders' Park in Corporate Woods. (Rain date is Tuesday, July 5, for fireworks only. No vendors or other activities on July 5).