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June 25, 2013

Fireworks regulations vary by location

Looking to pick up some fireworks this July 4 holiday? Be careful: Rules vary in different counties and municipalities.

Looking to pick up some fireworks this July 4 holiday? Be careful: Rules vary in different counties and municipalities.

Fireworks may be sold Thursday through July 5 in the city of Wichita. Approved fireworks may be discharged during the same time period between 6 a.m. and midnight each day. Anything that shoots projectiles more than 6 feet into the air is illegal. A complete list of approved fireworks is available on the city’s website, www.wichita.gov.

In unincorporated Sedgwick County, it’s legal to possess or shoot approved fireworks July 1-4, although it’s illegal to buy or sell them there. Fireworks classified as consumer fireworks by the Department of Transportation, with the exception of certain rockets, may be possessed and shot during that time period.

The same rules apply in unincorporated Butler County: Certain fireworks are OK to possess or discharge but not to buy or sell. In unincorporated Butler County, it’s legal to shoot consumer fireworks from Thursday through July 5 between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. On July 4, the hours are extended to 10 a.m. until midnight.

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