Fireworks Law May Change After 30 Years

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Sedgwick County wants to know if you want a 30-year law changed that bans fireworks outside city limits.

Fire Chief Tim Millspaugh is asking the public to weigh in on the issue of fireworks in the county. He says in July when the county placed signs around the county telling people it was illegal to shoot any fireworks off, he got hundreds of calls from angry citizens. He says they didn't know there was a law.

The law went into effect in 1979 after the worst July Fourth in Sedgwick County Fire history. Millspaugh says bridges burned and firemen were injured.

Now, fireworks are safer and the county commission is holding a meeting Tuesday night at 6:30 at the Cargill Learning Center at the Sedgwick County Zoo. The county also sent out more than 15,000 flyers asking people to give their opinion.

The county commission will then decide whether to leave the law the way it is, change it to allow fireworks in the county that are legal in Wichita, or the third option would be to allow fireworks that are legal in the state to be used in the unincorporated areas of Sedgwick County.

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