Whether you can celebrate the Fourth of July by setting off fireworks varies by where you live.
The National Council of Fireworks Safety said adults and children must use common sense. Sparklers can be as hot as volcano lava. For more information on fireworks safety, click here.
Here is a list of polices for various cities:
Kansas City, KS: Legal fireworks allowed.
Belton, MO: Officials with the city of Belton said you can legally shoot fireworks, but they have to bought within the city limits of Belton. Fireworks can be discharged on private property through midnight tonight.
Blue Springs, MO: Blue Springs strictly prohibits any projectile fireworks. They ask residents to observe hours that fireworks are legally allowed to be discharged or detonated within Blue Springs city limits. Fireworks can be discharged within the city limits until midnight tonight.
Bonner Springs, KS: The city has made it illegal for fireworks to be thrown, ignited or discharged within 1,000 feet of any hospital, sanitarium or infirmary. It's illegal to shoot fireworks into or under a car whether it's moving or standing still. Those with fireworks cannot shoot them off within 100 feet of any retail stand or facility where fireworks are stored and residents are not allowed to ignite or discharge fireworks into any gathering of people, on sidewalks, streets, alleys or any other public property, including parks or public parking lots of the city. Lastly, it is illegal to discharge fireworks into any building.
Independence, MO: The city said it is illegal "to throw, use, explode, detonate, aim, point or shoot fireworks in such a manner that it lands on property not owned by that person." You also cannot discharge fireworks within 600 feet of any church, hospital or school or within 100 feet of where fireworks are sold or stored. Fireworks should be kept away from historic sites and gas stations. It is also illegal to discharge fireworks within a vehicle, thrown from a vehicle, thrown at a vehicle or under a vehicle.
Kansas City, MO: All fireworks are illegal within city limits.
Leavenworth, KS: Most fireworks are illegal in Leavenworth. The only fireworks allowed are smoke balls, sparklers, snakes, champagne bottle poppers and toy paper caps. Residents and visitors are encouraged to attend the Fourth of July Celebration and Salute to the Union at Merritt Lake on Fort Leavenworth. The event begins at 4 p.m. today, and includes food, games, music and more. A fireworks display is scheduled for dusk.
Lee's Summit, MO: You can use most fireworks but must have a permit. Permits can be obtained when fireworks are bought from one of 20 approved vendors. Fireworks are allowed until midnight tonight. For more details, click here.
Lenexa, KS: Most fireworks are prohibited. This includes firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, or other devices of similar construction. Any devices containing an explosive or flammable compound and any tablet or other device containing an explosive substance is strictly prohibited. Fireworks do not include sparklers, snakes, smoke bombs or cap guns.
Liberty, MO: Residents are allowed to shoot fireworks, including aerial fireworks, until 10 p.m. today if the property is on a 3-acre or larger tract. All other residents can only shoot fireworks that don't go higher than 6 feet in the air. Fireworks cannot be discharged after 10 p.m. today. For more information, click here.
Olathe, KS: Olathe prohibits the possession, sale or use of fireworks.
Overland Park, KS: The city bans fireworks. This includes sparklers, snakes and firecrackers. Violators may be fined up to $500.
Parkville, MO: Fireworks that leave the ground are prohibited. This includes bottle rockets, missiles, roman candles and parachutes. Fireworks are allowed until midnight today and from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Thursday.
Information compiled by KCTV5's Emily Menez.
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