City officials urge fireworks safety by citizens as discharge begins
Plans set for Fraternal Order of Police fireworks show; fire chief offers safety tips
Starting June 27, fireworks are legal for sale and discharge within the city limits of Arkansas City.
The sale and discharge of fireworks is permitted from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 27 through July 3, as well as from 10 a.m. to midnight July 4.
City officials urge citizens again at this time to enjoy their fireworks responsibly, observe local ordinances governing their use and be respectful of their neighbors as they celebrate this holiday.
Fireworks stands that have permits issued by the City of Arkansas City are located in the parking lots of Twice the Ice, 1501 N. Summit St., and Westlake Ace Hardware, 2013 N. Summit St.
City fireworks show
Arkansas City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 6 will present its annual Fourth of July fireworks display on July 4.
The fireworks show will begin around dusk, or approximately 9:30 p.m.
As in years past, the show will be shot from Spring Hill Golf Course and music for the show will be provided by KSOK 95.9 FM.
Members of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 6 would like to thank everyone who helps to make this event successful.
It would not be possible without the tremendous support of the community.
It is only through personal and business donations that this event is possible each year for citizens to enjoy.
To help to support the fireworks show, citizens may make a donation to Arkansas City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 6.
Donations can be taken to the Arkansas City Police Department, 117 W. Central Ave., or mailed to P.O. Box 1293, Arkansas City, KS 67005.
Fire chief offers safety tips
Fireworks are meant to be enjoyed, but you'll enjoy them much more knowing that your family is safe, according to Arkansas City Fire Chief Bobby Wolfe.
Extra precaution and care should be taken with fireworks.
There are both proper and improper ways to use and dispose of fireworks.
Purchase of fireworks
Buy only legal fireworks — legal fireworks have a label with the manufacturer's name and directions, while illegal ones are unlabeled — and store them in a cool, dry place.
Legal fireworks include:
- UN0336 or UN0337 Consumer Fireworks;
- 1.4G DOT Class C Consumer Fireworks;
- 1.4G UN0336 Consumer Fireworks;
- UN0336 Consumer Fireworks;
- UN0337 "Safe and Sane" seal from the California State Fire Marshal.
Illegal fireworks usually go by the names M-80, M100, bottle rocket, blockbuster, cherry bomb or quarter-pounder.
These explosives were banned in 1966, but still account for some fireworks injuries each year.
Never try to make homemade fireworks. Fireworks are designed and inspected by professionals for your safety.
It is illegal to tamper with or use fireworks in manners for which they are not designed.
Supervision is required
Parents or an adult always should supervise children younger than 18 closely if they are using fireworks.
Children and youths never should play with fireworks — firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers are just too dangerous.
Sparklers are designed for outdoor use only.
When using sparklers, be sure to keep them away from one’s face, clothing and hair. They can reach a temperature of 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit — hot enough to melt gold.
Use, disposal of fireworks
Always use fireworks outside, and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.
Steer clear of others — fireworks have been known to backfire or even to shoot off in the wrong direction.
Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even in a joking manner.
Do not hold fireworks in one’s hand or have any part of one’s body over them while lighting them.
Wear some sort of eye protection, and avoid carrying fireworks in a pocket — the friction from walking, running or jumping can cause fireworks to discharge.
Point fireworks away from homes, and keep them away from brush, leaves or flammable substances.
Light one firework at a time — never in glass or metal containers — and never relight a dud.
Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can.
Store the soaked remains of fireworks in a trash can that is at least 10 feet from any structure or vehicle until a scheduled trash pickup.
Think about pets. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July.
Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they'll run loose or be injured.
Finally, always remember: ALCOHOL AND FIREWORKS DON’T MIX!
If you see a violation of Arkansas City ordinances involving the sale of fireworks, please call the Arkansas City fire prevention division at (620) 441-4430 and ask to speak with an inspector.
If the violation involves illegal fireworks, the discharge of fireworks or anything other than the sale of fireworks, please call 911 and report the information.
For more information regarding the legalities of fireworks within the city limits, please reference the relevant section of Arkansas City Municipal Code at http://bit.ly/acfireworks.