Firework regulations in NE Kansas


(KSNT) The 4th of July is just one week away and firework stands expect a steady stream of customers over the next few days.

There are a little more than four dozen stands set up in both the city of Topeka and Shawnee County. A wide variety of fireworks can be found at all locations.

The Topeka Fire Department reminds all to practice safety when lighting fireworks and always have a source of water available in case of an emergency.

The Fourth of July season culminates with the annual Spirit of Kansas Celebration next Friday night at Lake Shawnee.

You can start buying those celebratory fireworks today in Topeka and Shawnee County. The sale of fireworks will end on July 5th for both the city and county. You may use those fireworks in city limits between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.July 1, 2 and 3 and between 8 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on the 4th.

The rules are different for Shawnee County. Fireworks are allowed to be set off beginning today from 8 a.m. to midnight. In the Montara subdivision, fireworks are allowed from July 1st to the 3rd between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to midnight on the 4th.

In Manhattan, firework sales won’t begin until July 1st, they can be sold through July 4th. Also, fireworks can only be shot during those same days from eight in the morning until midnight.

It’s also unlawful to discharge fireworks in the streets, alleys, parks or on public property. In addition, sky lanterns or floating lanterns are also outlawed.

There were nine firework related incidents last year in Manhattan with no fire loss but in 2012, the Manhattan Fire Department responded to 15 calls, including two structure fires with a total loss for all calls at 381,000 dollars.

The sale of fireworks for the city of Emporia begins today and ends on July 5th from the hours of 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. except on the 4th of July which is from 9 a.m. until midnight. The discharge of fireworks is allowed within city limits from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. starting today until the 5th and from 9 a.m. until midnight on the 4th.

Fireworks in Hiawatha can be shot off at the city lake only.

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