Archive for Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Need a fireworks fix? Area regulations differ on where they’re legal

July 3, 2012


July Fourth Party in the Park schedule

• Hosted by the Lawrence Originals, the event runs from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 4 at Watson Park, between Sixth and Eighth streets.

• Will feature live bands, a bounce house for kids, a dunk tank, face painting and food booths from 18 local vendors.

• A professional fireworks show begins at 9:45 p.m., and can be seen from numerous places near Watson Park.

• The event is free and open to the public, but vendors will be charging for food and drinks.

For more information, visit

With differing laws and ordinances across the area, and a special Sunday morning Douglas County Commission resolution, it can get a little confusing knowing where you’re free to fire off fireworks.

Here’s a quick guide to help you stay legal on the Fourth of July:

• Lawrence: Not permitted anywhere in city limits.

• Baldwin City: Legal from 8 a.m. to midnight July 4.

• Eudora: Legal from 7 a.m. to midnight July 4.

• Douglas County, including Lecompton: Illegal, except on private property. Also prohibited on any county-owned public right-of-way, including township and county roads. Shooting fireworks on the county’s two public parks, Wells Overlook and Lone Star Lake, is also prohibited.

• Clinton Lake: Illegal per a federal ban.

• Perry State Park: Legal on July 4 until 11 p.m., but only at the Lakeview boat ramp.


troll 5 years, 9 months ago

Are smoke bombs and sparklers still legal in Lawrence?

John Duval 5 years, 9 months ago

if it is a firework even a little smoke bomb it is illegal per the comish not the people of lawrence you might as be living in op.

kernal 5 years, 9 months ago

Did you stick a firecracker in your ear last night and scramble your brains, because your reply makes little, if any, sense?

Clark Coan 5 years, 9 months ago

The County also owns other tracts which are not mentioned by the ban resolution. These include the Ivan Boyd Prairie east of Baldwin and Baker Wetlands Mitigation Site at 35th & Haskell (east of Haskell). Best bet is a park or school grounds in Eudora.

Kirk Larson 5 years, 9 months ago

All of you who are going to blow fireworks whether legal or not...please, clean up after yourselves. I don't mind some noisy festivities, but I hate getting up the next day to find all the trashy remains.

JackMcKee 5 years, 9 months ago

My neighborhood INCREASED it's fireworks usage after the ban went in to effect. We've never had a single patrol car drive down the street. Of course, we're right by the city/county line so they might just assume it's going on in the county.

kernal 5 years, 9 months ago

How long has the ban on fireworks within the city limits been in effect?

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 9 months ago

It's been too hot and too dry for too long for fireworks. Please remember Colorado when you shoot balls of fire around town

JackMcKee 5 years, 9 months ago

no kidding. the area behind my house is a tinder dry field. Any stray fireworks will light it up in seconds.

Pitt_Mackeson 5 years, 9 months ago

*Wells Overlook - not Overbrook haha that is a town south of Lawrence!

JackMcKee 5 years, 9 months ago

this is not the first time the LJW has made that error and I doubt it will be the last.

password 5 years, 9 months ago

and they still haven't corrected the error.... still reads "wells overbrook" :LOL and almost 2 hours later. hope the readers don't get confused and head out to Wells Overlook and try to shoot off fireworks.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 9 months ago

Geez, my darlin' neighbors are doing a show right now, the feisty Yankee Doodles. Now I gotta stay up long enough to see if the pasture's gonna catch on fire. There was this one rocket that looked like a rainbow. Maybe they celebrating gay marriage freedoms for the Frenchies.

Lawrenceks 5 years, 9 months ago

Ya, it's funny. Here it is the 4th of July and people are celebrating their freedom. Yet the City of Lawrence has taken away our freedom to celebrate with fireworks as has been done for over 200 years. Well, let me tell you! We 're celebrating anyway, with fireworks!

Patricia Davis 5 years, 9 months ago

With freedom comes responsibility. We are 7" down in rain fall and dry to the bone. Yet people think they have a right to do stupid.

Paul Decelles 5 years, 9 months ago

Funny I had the notion that this country was founded as a nation where no one is above the law. Silly me.

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 9 months ago

yes, because freedom CLEARLY means that people can do whatever they want, whenever they want without any consideration for anyone around them.

kernal 5 years, 9 months ago

Looks like someone's got his stupid on today.

dragonfly0221 5 years, 9 months ago

What was the city of Lawrence reason for the original ban?

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