Fireworks are illegal in Overland Park, and those who choose to ignore the law may face two dangers: A ticket and possible fire hazard.
This year's drought has increased the danger of fire because of dry lawns and plants.
Furthermore, anyone in possession of or discharging fireworks is subject to a ticket.
Therefore, before you purchase, possess or light any fireworks in Overland Park - don't.
Each year Overland Park police officers respond to numerous complaints from residents about illegal fireworks.
"The city has an ordinance prohibiting all forms of fireworks," said Gary Mason, police public information officer. "Each year we put additional officers on the streets to enforce the ordinance, and we have officers on regular patrol who assist. Officers have issued tickets."
Children and adults also need to know that any person receiving a ticket is subject to a fine ranging from $200 to $500. In 2010-11, Overland Park issued 101 tickets for fireworks violations. So far in 2012, seven tickets have been issued.
With dry weather conditions, the threat of a fire because of fireworks is greater.
"Fireworks are illegal, but more concerning is the higher probability of a fire because of the dry conditions," said Fire Chief Bryan Dehner. "And it has been my experience that there is never a shortage of witnesses in a neighborhood to identify shooters of illegal fireworks and those responsible for the resulting fire.
"If we prove a fire was started due to fireworks, the insurance companies will get their money from you. It is not worth the risk," Dehner said.
Rather than risk injury and property damage, attend this year's 21st Fourth of July Star-Spangled Spectacular. This popular event, seen by thousands, is sponsored by the city of Overland Park, Corporate Woods and the Overland Park Rotary Club.
Activities begin at 4 p.m. including musical performances followed by the free fireworks show set for about 9:30 p.m. at Founders' Park in Corporate Woods. The rain date is Thursday, July 5.
There will be musical entertainment and more for the family. More than 100 immigrants from around the world will be sworn in as new citizens of United States as part of a very special Naturalization Ceremony at 5:45 p.m..
KCMO 710 AM and 103.7 FM will broadcast live and simulcast patriotic music during the fireworks.
Bring a blanket or chair and leave your cares at home. Food and drink vendors will be on hand, or bring your own non-alcoholic beverages and food.
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