Wichita firefighters spent Wednesday setting off Fourth of July fireworks. They weren't doing it for fun. They were testing the products local firework stands want to sell this year. They want to be sure all of the fireworks sold in Wichita meet city and state safety codes.
Fire Marshal Ed Bricknell says fireworks the allowed within city limits do not fly higher or farther than six feet. He says those fireworks are somewhat controllable, unlike the ones that can shoot hundreds of feet in the air, like bottle rockets and roman candles.
Despite the safety codes, fire officials say illegal fireworks keep showing up every year. If you want to stay safe, legal and out of trouble, remember to only shoot fireworks where you buy them.