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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Rules differ across county

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  • Fireworks stands throughout the county are now open for business, and community members are busy shopping for the fireworks they'll be using to light up the night sky from now until Independence Day.
    Fireworks regulations differ depending on where you live in Harvey County, and cities each have their own rules for when you can purchase and discharge fireworks.
    According to Harvey County Emergency Management coordinator Lon Buller, you can set off fireworks out in the county on private property but not on public roads or public parks. Legal discharge dates are July 1-4, from 8 a.m. to midnight. No bottle rockets/projectiles are allowed.
    City regulations include:
    • Burrton — Discharge from 10 a.m. to midnight July 3-6 and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 7.
    • Newton — Discharge from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 3 and from 7 a.m. to midnight on July 4.
    • North Newton — Discharge from 10 a.m. to midnight July 4.
    • Walton — Discharge from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 3 and from 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4.
    • Halstead — Discharge from 8 a.m. to midnight July 3-4.
    • Hesston — Discharge from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 3 and from 8 a.m. to midnight on July 4.
    • Sedgwick — Discharge from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 3 and July 5, and from 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4.
    Buller also urges people to use good judgement when setting off fireworks this year, due to heightened fire danger. With a late wheat harvest that likely will continue through the rest of this week, there is a possibility fireworks embers or debris could catch stubble or uncut wheat on fire.
    "Extreme caution ought to be used," Buller said. "They need to be really, really careful."
    Major, professional-level displays require a licensed operator and a permit at least 10 days in advance. For more information, call the county Emergency Management office at 284-6910 or visit www.harveycounty.com/departments/emergency-management.html.
     
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