Salina City Commissioners Monday addressed the topics of alcohol and fireworks.
Among other things on Monday, commissioners unanimously approved Sunday alcohol sales on second reading reading, passing the ordinance.
Commissioners also discussed fireworks. For the third year in a row, most fireworks in Salina will be legal. Commissioners tweaked the law on first reading, adding “Sky Lanterns” to a list of items not allowed. They also gave the city manager or his designee the power to deem other items that fit this criteria as illegal.
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.
While fireworks will go on sale in Salina in advance, the discharge of fireworks is only allowed on July 3rd and 4th from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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 That ban was rescinded in 2009.