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At the ready: Fireworks vendors ready for holiday weekend

Chad Frey
cfrey@thekansan.com
Friends of the Harvey County ERT, like 10 other fireworks stands in Newton, opened for business July 1 with the goal of selling out by the end of July 5.

There are 11 fireworks tents in Newton this fireworks season, all making their five-day push to sell as much as they can to benefit the owners and organizations they benefit.

Ask Brandon Huntley about this week, and the man in charge of the Friends of the Harvey County ERT tent at 1001 N. Main will readily talk about the nearly year-long commitment that is required to create a tent.

“This is months and months and months of planning,” Huntley said. “.. the dedication of people who are members of our team is the only way we can do this. We have had several people not on the team that have come here to help set up and with sales.”

Officers are still on patrol during the holiday, and when they are not, they in the tent helping keep tables filled and ringing cash registers.

He’ll also talk about the risk involved — there’s an investment to make including fees to the city, insurance and product to purchase. On July 1 when the ERT tent opened, the organization was around $26,000 “in the hole.” A series of rainy days that would keep people at home, and not lighting fireworks, would spell disaster.

But a good year means between $20,000 and $23,000 in profit after all receipts are in.

And that means support for the Emergency Response Team — a team of law enforcement officers from the county akin to a swat team.

“This is how we continue to meet our operational capabilities ... to make guys safe as we better serve the public in those crisis situations,” Huntley said. “... 100 percent of the money we make here goes right back into emergency service. Every cent. It goes towards uniforms, equipment, training, the cost to go to the training. We go to nationally recognized training and that is expensive. We are volunteering our time and working our butts off to save the taxpayers here from having to fund it. We believe in it, it is our philosophy. It is critical to us enhancing our capabilities.”

The organization has operated the tent for about nine years — using volunteers with the goal of raising as much as possible for the ERT each year.

“Our goal is to get rid of all of this by Sunday. We want it all gone,” Huntley said. “... we are so dependent on this. ... I would be happy to show anyone our financials for the year.”

Fireworks stands in Newton:

1601 N. Anderson – T & M Fireworks

1001 N. Main – Friends of Harvey County ERT

1216 N. Main – Bellino Fireworks

1525 N. Main – TNM Fireworks

1108 Washington Road – David Drake

1223 Washington Road – Bellino Fireworks

1515 East 1st – Wholesale Fireworks

401 N. Meridian – Wholesale Fireworks

601 SE 36th Street – Wholesale Fireworks

1701 S. Kansas Avenue – Wholesale Fireworks

105 Manchester Avenue – KaBoomers ½ Price Fireworks

Area rules, remaining discharge times

Burrton

• July 4: 10 a.m. to midnight

• July 5: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Fireworks are allowed on private property with approval of landowner or occupant.

Fireworks are not allowed in city parks, on city streets or any city owned or school property. Fireworks are not allowed in fire zones.

Newton

• July 4: 7 a.m. to midnight

• July 5: noon to 10 p.m.

Fireworks are allowed on private property with approval of landowner or occupant.

Fireworks are not allowed in city parks, on city streets or any city owned or property.

Fireworks are not allowed in fire zones.

North Newton

• July 4: 10 a.m. to midnight

Fireworks are allowed only on private property with the permission of the owner or lawful occupant. Class C (common) fireworks only.

Fireworks are not allowed on public streets, parks, or within 50' of gas tanks or gas storage, and in, into, under, or on any motor vehicle, nor thrown from any motor vehicle.

Walton

• July 4: 10 a.m. to midnight

• July 5: 11: a.m.to 8 p.m.

Fireworks are allowed on private property with approval of landowner or occupant.

No bottle rockets/projectiles. Roman candles and fountains are permitted

Harvey County

• July 4: 8 a.m. to midnight

Fireworks are allowed on private property with approval of landowner or occupant.

Fireworks are not allowed on public roads or in public parks. No bottle rockets/projectiles.

Halstead

• July 4: 8 a.m. to midnight

Fireworks are allowed anywhere within the city limits except on city streets, public property or within 50 feet of gas pumps or gas storage. Throwing fireworks at animals, people and/or vehicles is not allowed. No bottle rockets/projectiles.

Hesston.

• July 4: 8 a.m. to midnight

Fireworks are allowed on private property with the approval of the landowner or occupant.

Fireworks are not allowed on city streets, public parks or on school grounds.

Sedgwick

• July 4: 10 a.m. to midnight

Fireworks are not allowed in the city park, on any city property, or school property.

Fireworks are allowed on city streets and rights-of-way, so long as traffic is not impeded or impaired or private property with approval of the landowner or occupant.