Amateur pyrotechnicians, take note: There’s been a change this year in Sedgwick County’s fireworks rules.
Sedgwick County residents can no longer lawfully sell, ignite or otherwise use sky lanterns, also called Chinese lanterns. Sedgwick County’s Fire District 1 website notes the lanterns can travel significant distances and have been known to start fires upon landing, particularly if they come into contact with roofs, hay storage or fields.
To keep Independence Day celebrations safe and legal, residents should take note of the county’s regulations.
Fireworks are legal in unincorporated Sedgwick County, as long as they are labeled as Class C consumer fireworks, or those allowed in the state of Kansas. Bottle rockets are illegal, as are any other rockets mounted on a wire or stick.
Legal fireworks may be shot from July 1 through July 4 in unincorporated Sedgwick County. However, city fireworks regulations vary widely, so residents are encouraged to check with their municipality before purchasing fireworks.
The county also offers these safety tips:
Sedgwick County 911 operators will staff a non-emergency phone line specifically for fireworks complaints. Residents can report fireworks complaints by calling 316-290-1011 between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 3 a.m. July 4, 5 and 6.