June 30, 2014

Photo supplied by Ben Earwicker Garrison Photography, Boise, ID www.garrisonphoto.org

That time of year is upon us and everyone at the Riley County Police Department would like to wish our community a fun and safe Fourth of July. To help you stay safe and out of trouble, here are the laws, regulations, and tips you need to know. 

Celebrate responsibly and enjoy the Holiday weekend!

Tips:

  • Only use fireworks which have been manufactured and tested professionally. Homemade explosives can be dangerous and illegal. 
  • Monitor children when around fireworks and don't allow horseplay. 
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand and ready. In the event of an accident this could help prevent major loss and damage. 
  • Know the emergency numbers for your area. If all else fails, please dial 911. 
  • In the event of an accident, stay calm. Our dispatchers will need to get information from you in order to send appropriate help.
  • Be a good neighbor and pay attention to the "quiet-time" hours.
  • Using fireworks near homes, apartment complexes and buildings is dangerous. Make sure you are in a spot that doesn't have the potential to place people in harm’s way. 
  • Keep a mobile phone nearby. In the event of an accident, this could help to get emergency services to you faster.
  • Be smart and think before you celebrate with fireworks.

Laws:

Sec. 13-58. – Throwing prohibited.
It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, cast or propel reworks of
any kind in the direction of or into the path of any person or group of persons, or
from, in the direction of or into any vehicle of any kind.

Sec. 13-57. – Discharge in streets unlawful.
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge, ignite or re any reworks upon
the public streets, alleys or avenues or in any park or public place within the city.

KSA 31-155 Bottle Rockets.
State statute prohibits sales and possession of “bottle rockets”. Defined as: is
mounted on a stick or wire; and projects into the air when ignited, with or
without reports, and includes any device with the same conjuration, with or
without reports, which may be classified as a pipe or trough rocket. "Bottle rocket"
does not include helicopter-type rockets.

Rules:

  • Discharge is allowed July 1st through July 4th, 8:00 am to 12:00 am (midnight) each day.
  • Sales are allowed starting July 1st at 12:00 pm through July 4th at 12:00 am (midnight).
  • See Press Release from Manhattan Fire Department for more.

Important Phone Numbers:

Fire Inspectors (785) 587-4504
Riley County Police Department (785) 537-2112
Manhattan Fire Department (785) 587-4504

For more information click on the Press Release from the Manhattan Fire Department.