Reno County Tightens Aerial Fireworks Restrictions

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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November 21

Reno County officials have approved new restrictions on fireworks that prohibit any fireworks that emit flaming balls or shoot sparks more than 6 feet.

The commission on Tuesday also voted to ban aerial luminaries, or sky lanterns, and shortened by one hour the hours fireworks may be sold or discharged.

The new rules are the same as those recently passed by the Hutchinson City Council. County commissioners briefly considered an exception for some rural residents but chose not to after hearing from Hutchinson Fire Chief Kim Forbes.

Forbes says the regulations let people get a permit for a "commercial public" fireworks display if it is supervised by someone holding a fireworks operator's license and have $500,000 in liability insurance.

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