WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Wichita City Council voted 6-0 to approve changes to neighborhood fireworks regulations during Tuesday's meeting.

This year, safe and sane fireworks like smoke bombs, sparklers, and anything that doesn't lift off of the ground can be shot off from June 27-July 5 during the hours of 10 a.m. to midnight. Aerial fireworks can be shot off July 3-5. In addition, aerial fireworks will be available for sale in Wichita. 

The amended ordinance also bans shooting fireworks from a moving vehicle like a car or motorcycle, igniting fireworks within 50 feet of a fireworks stand, possess or ignite non-consumer grade fireworks, producing fireworks without a state permit, or engage in a pyrotechnics show without a permit. These changes are similar in structure to state law.

The changes come as a result of a process that began with the approval of a multi-phased approach to the ordinance last year. Last year, council approved legalizing the shooting of aerial fireworks from July 1-4, safe and sane fireworks from June 27-July 4, and establishing shooting hours from 10 a.m. to midnight. In addition, a zero-tolerance policy and increased fines for violations were established.

Last year, the Wichita Fire Department responded to 75 fireworks-related calls, four structure fires with losses of over $60,000, and 39 injuries. Over 1,000 calls were lodged to the fireworks complaint line.