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Fireworks Go On Sale Monday

KSAL Staff - June 26, 2016 7:00 am

Cory Bird points out the location of fireworks that the customer's asked for.

For the sixth year in a row, most fireworks in Salina will be legal. Fireworks will go on sale in the City of Salina and in Saline County beginning on Monday.

Fireworks can be discharged in Saline County the day they go on sale, Monday, between 8 a.m. and midnight through July 5th.

While they will be on sale in the City of Salina beginning Monday, they can only be discharged in the city on July 3rd and July 4 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Fireworks cannot be discharged in parks, or on other public property. They can only be be discharged on private property. It is unlawful for a minor to possess and use fireworks without adult supervision.

Bottle rockets are not legal, nor are sky lanterns. A sky lantern, also known as Kongming lantern or Chinese lantern, is essentially a small hot air balloon made of paper, with an opening at the bottom where a small fire is suspended. In recent years there has been growing concern about their potential to cause crop or building fires.

Both the Salina Police Department and the Salina Fire Department can issue firework citations, as can the Saline County Sheriff’s Office.

The sale, storage, and discharge of fireworks was prohibited in Salina beginning in December of 1965. In 1987 the ban was partially lifted, and things like snakes, poppers, and smoke devices were allowed.

In 1981 Saline County also banned fireworks. That ban was rescinded in 2009.

Doug Clemens

June 26, 2016 at 11:42 pm

Time to ban both in the city and county. Both sets of commissioners should listen to the voters not their friends who own the stands.

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