Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Sounds of Celebration

New Year’s eve is a holiday known for celebration. It is also a holiday known for noise. Besides our normal calls for service, officers will likely be called to investigate numerous fireworks complaints.

Please consider this my friendly reminder that fireworks are banned in the City of Overland Park. At the risk of sounding like a New Year’s Grinch, the sale, possession and discharge of fireworks, by anyone, adult or juvenile, can result in fines ranging from $200 to $500. Yes, this includes sparklers, snakes, and the smallest of firecrackers.

Another type of call the officers may receive is the sound of “shots fired”. In most cases this ends up being fireworks calls that are mistaken as gun fire. But if you are tempted to replace the celebration sounds of fireworks with that of gun fire, remember, what goes up, must come down.

It might seem harmless to shoot up in the air for the sole purpose of making noise, but it is illegal, not to mention extremely dangerous. Before you decide to celebrate in this way, please remember the tragedy that occurred in Kansas City, Missouri this past 4th of July when 11-year-old Blair Lane was killed by stray gunfire. The gun was fired by someone who intended no harm and only wanted to celebrate the holiday.