Fireworks On Sale, Not Legal To Use Yet In Salina
KSAL Staff - June 27, 2015 7:39 am
Fireworks are now on sale in Salina and Saline County, but officials urge everyone to be aware of when and where you can use them.
Fireworks can be discharged in Saline County the day they go on sale, Saturday, between 8 a.m. and midnight through July 5th.
While they will be on sale in the City of Salina beginning Saturday, 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. Salina Police will have extra officers on patrol specifically looking for fireworks violations, and responding to fireworks calls. The Salina fire department will also be looking for violators.
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 That ban was rescinded in 2009.