The Lee’s Summit Fire Department wants to remind everyone to have a safe Independence Day celebration by using approved consumer fireworks responsibly.
If you are going to use fireworks as part of your celebration it is important to know that in Lee’s Summit, City ordinance allows the use of approved consumer fireworks with a permit on July 2nd and 3rd between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 11:00 P.M., and on July 4th between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and Midnight.
Fireworks may be purchased in the City of Lee’s Summit after June 23rd from one of the 20 approved tents, but may not be discharged until July 2nd, 3rd and 4th.To use and possess fireworks in the City limits you must obtain a “2011 Users Permit” from City Hall or one of the authorized local fireworks vendors. The permit is free of charge and provides specific guidelines for fireworks use. Only one permit is required per household. The ordinance allows the possession and use of certain approved consumer fireworks (1.4G) within the City limits. Consumer fireworks that are NOT allowed include: rockets on a stick (bottle rockets; missiles with fins or rudders for aerodynamic flight; roman candles, and parachutes that suspend illuminated materials.
Fireworks cannot be used within 300 feet of stored flammables; within 100 feet of fireworks stands; or within 600 feet from a church, school, hospital, or mental health facilities. In addition, fireworks cannot be discharged within any structure; on property not owned by the shooter, or propelled onto property not owned by the shooter; into or at any motorized vehicle including watercraft, and at or near any person, group of people, or animal. It is unlawful for anyone under the age of 16 years of age to possess or discharge fireworks, unless they are under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian.
Any firework has the potential of doing great harm to life and property. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) there are an average of 32,000 fires and 9,300 injuries resulting from fireworks. The majority of injuries are from firecrackers, bottle rockets and sparkles, and nearly 45% of those occurred to children under age 15. Citizens who decide to use legal fireworks are encouraged to take the following safety steps:
- Adults should always supervise fireworks activities. Parents often don't realize that there are many injuries from sparklers to children under five. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals. Do not let children run with sparklers.
- Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move back to a safe distance immediately after lighting.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Avoid using fireworks near dry vegetation or other combustible items.
- Keep pets indoors.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light one item at a time then move back quickly.
- After fireworks have discharged, place them in a metal container with water. Do not place fireworks debris in with the regular trash.
Let’s work together to make this Independence Day enjoyable and safe by using fireworks wisely or by attending one of the several professional fireworks displays in the area, such as Legacy Blast on Friday, July 1st. For more information on Legacy Blast, go to lsparks.net.
For questions about the fireworks, contact the Lee’s Summit Fire Department at (816) 969-1300, or go to the City Web site at cityofls.net.