New Fireworks Law for KentuckyPosted: June 09, 2011
The new law allows people in Kentucky to buy and use fireworks that shoot into the air, but officials say safety and supervision should be top priorities.
Kentucky State law now allows people to buy what is known as “1.4 consumer fireworks,” or items such as Roman candles, firecrackers and bottle rockets, as long as local ordinance allows it. Some communities have enacted local regulations that would prohibit the sale or use of fireworks that shoot into the air. The statute also includes some safety features. People younger than 18 are not allowed to buy or sell fireworks; fireworks cannot be used within 200 feet of a structure, vehicle or other person; and fireworks can’t be sold to anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The new law also sets permitting requirements for the sale of fireworks in the state. Local vendors and citizens are required to comply with any and all local ordinances that apply to the sale, purchase and use of fireworks. For a complete description of the regulations go to www.dhbc.ky.gov/fp/fw/ as well as www.lrc.ky.gov and search for KRS 227.700 and House Bill 333.
The Middletown Fire Protection District offers the following safety tips to keep your family safe over the upcoming Fourth of July holiday and throughout the summer:
- Use fireworks outdoors only.
- Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
- Always have a bucket of water or a working water hose nearby.
- Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated adult shooter.”
- Do not use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: They can kill you!