Monday, July 1, 2013

Rockets’ Red Glare, Bombs Bursting in Air

Every year about this time we put out a blog reminding people about the fireworks ordinances in Overland Park.  It’s not even the 4th of July yet and officers have already started answering those familiar fireworks complaints.  Now we don’t want to sound like a broken record, but we also don’t want to have to come take enforcement action and be blamed for ruining the holiday. So, here’s your reminder this year about fireworks.

The restrictions on fireworks are easy to remember.  In short, they are banned - all of them.  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.

The city didn’t take this position because someone was unpatriotic.  We don’t want to spoil anyone’s celebration, but we do believe in safety.  Each year there are reports of fireworks festivities that end tragically. 

This year the news already ran a story of a young boy who lost several fingers in a fireworks accident.  In 2011, 11-year-old Blair Lane was killed by a stray bullet from a gun that was shot up in the air as a way of celebrating.  And it seems there’s always a story about a house fire that started when some type of firework landed in an unintended place.

Since we do want you to still enjoy the rockets’ red glare, bombs bursting in air, and all that other good stuff that comes along with the 4th of July holiday, please consider this your invitation to join us at the Overland Park fireworks display held at Corporate Woods.