Wednesday, June 27, 2012

21st Star Spangled Spectacular and OP's Fireworks Laws

Come join the fun at the Star Spangled Spectacular on July 4, 2012 in Corporate Woods. Once again the City of Overland Park, Corporate Woods and the Overland Park Rotary Club will sponsor this family friendly celebration and fireworks display. There will be food and drink vendors available, plus musical entertainment for everyone in the family. So bring your blanket or chair and join in this safe July 4th celebration.

Activities begin at 4 p.m. with the free fireworks show scheduled to begin about 9:30 p.m. at Founders’ Park in Corporate Woods. The fireworks display has been a tradition for many years and has been enjoyed by thousands.

The fireworks ordinance in Overland Park is simple. The sale, possession or discharge of any fireworks is illegal and includes sparklers, snakes, firecrackers and all other items commonly described as fireworks.

Children and adults also need to know that any person receiving a ticket is subject to a fine ranging from $200 to $500. In 2010-11, Overland Park issued 101 tickets for fireworks violations. So far in 2012, seven tickets have been issued.

Not only can a person be charged criminally for violating this ordinance but there is also the possibility of civil liability for personal or property damages caused by fireworks. With dry weather conditions, the threat of a fire due to fireworks is greater.

"Fireworks are illegal, but more concerning is the higher probability of a fire due to the dry conditions," said Fire Chief Bryan Dehner. "And it has been my experience that there is never a shortage of witnesses in a neighborhood to identify shooters of illegal fireworks and those responsible for the resulting fire.”

Leave the fireworks to the experts and come to the Star Spangled Spectacular to enjoy a safe and fun filled Fourth of July in Overland Park.