Wichita Fire Department to step up fireworks enforcement
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The Wichita Fire Department says it will step up enforcement to help crackdown on illegal fireworks.
Battalion Chief Jose Ocadiz said this year, the city will have 10 teams compromised of two officers and a firefighter that will go out July 3 and 4 will go out to enforce fireworks safety.
“If you are caught shooting illegal fireworks or shooting outside designated times, you will be given a $250 ticket plus court fees. Adults can be cited on behalf of juveniles and property owners will be held responsible for violations on their property,” said Ocadiz.
Illegal fireworks include those over 6 feet and anything labeled “shooting flaming balls.” Fireworks can be shot off within Wichita city limits from June 27 to July 5, 10 a.m. to midnight. Only fireworks sold within Wichita city limits are allowed.
Emerging from the pandemic, Ocadiz said the goal is to maintain safety. He said the number of fireworks-related injuries has gone down over the last couple of years.
“Most of those injuries are from illegal fireworks that they purchased outside of city limits and come inside and shoot them,” he said. “There are also some burn and finger injuries from sparklers that we give to little kids and they’re being burned, and from not having proper clothing on the children that are using those.”
A non-emergency line will be set up for fireworks complaints.
The city’s annual Red White and Boom event will return this year at Wichita’s Riverfront Stadium.
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