Archive for Saturday, June 30, 2012

County commission to hold special meeting to discuss fireworks ban

June 30, 2012


The Douglas County Commission will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Sunday to discuss the possibility of imposing a fireworks ban on county property.

The meeting was announced Saturday night despite a forecast for rain. Commissioners began discussing a burn ban in their Wednesday afternoon meeting, when the director and associate director of emergency management said it was unlikely that a ban would be needed but that commissioners should plan to call a special meeting if conditions worsened.

Craig Weinaug, county administrator, said Saturday night that owners with land near county property had contacted the county with concerns, which led to the decision to hold the meeting. Fireworks are already banned on township roads, though many people have used them there in the past.

The proposal that will go in front of the commission on Sunday, Weinaug said, would ban fireworks except on private property outside the city limits of Lawrence, Baldwin City and Eudora, where the commission does not have jurisdiction. If passed, it would be effective immediately and also ban fireworks use near Lone Star Lake and Wells Overlook Park, the two county-owned public spaces.

The measure wouldn't be a burn ban, nor would it affect the public display planned for Lawrence on the Fourth of July.

The meeting is open to the public and will be on the second floor of the county courthouse, 1100 Mass.


alex_garrison 5 years, 8 months ago

Thanks for the catch, chuck. It's fixed.


Tara Painter 5 years, 8 months ago

They should just ban to the public and keep the firework show. So many people buying fireworks for kids and letting them do with them what they want. There is a ban of use in Lawrence and yet I see kids setting them off. Even thou there is more likely a burn ban.

riverdrifter 5 years, 8 months ago

Large areas of western Ks. have not only banned the discharge of fireworks, they've banned the outright sale of fireworks.

oneflewover 5 years, 8 months ago

So I guess this means I can shoot fireworks off at my house in the country regardless of tomorrows decision. Now what about if a burn ban is called?

alex_garrison 5 years, 8 months ago


Correct; that's my understanding, too, at this time. The commission still could put a burn ban in place, which would be a tougher measure that would mean no fireworks, even on private property. There's no indication that will happen but, like I said, it's possible. We'll know more after the meeting in the morning, so check back with

Thanks, Alex

angelwatcher 5 years, 8 months ago

WHY?? Why do our children have to live without having the fun like we did 20 yrs ago or about 5yrs ago. No more enjoying your own displays. Because of the ADULTS didn't pick up the trash from 1 yr. that made this,into action. Darn shame that the CHILDREN have to not ENJOY FIREWORKS!! BECAUSE OF THE PARENTS THAT WOULDN'T DO THERE PART in cleaning up after theirs. Now if the trash would be picked up afterwords, could there ever be a change for our children to be able to enjoy INDEPENDENCE DAY , LIKE BACK IN THE DAYS? SURE WOULD BE NICE!! JUST A GRANDPARENT THAT GOT TO HAVE FUN ON JULY 4TH FOR MANY YEARS IN OUR TOWN.....AND NOT ABLE TO SEE OUR OWN CHILDREN AND THERE CHILDREN GET TO DO THE SAME, MAKES ME SAD!! BRING BACK THE OLD DAYS WHEN IT WASN'T A BIG DEAL!!!

Bryan Mayes 5 years, 8 months ago

i hope you aren't really implying that this has anything to do with parents not picking up trash? i'm not saying that i am for or against a ban, but am smart enough to know that the conditions are ripe for accidental fires...

Katara 5 years, 8 months ago

You are a few days late for International Caps Lock Day.

Caleb Schletzbaum 5 years, 8 months ago

Douglas county does not need a firework ban. No other counties around have made any, only the ones out west where they have got 5+ inches of rain less than us on top of even more dry and windy weather. C'mon douglas county don't turn into Lawrence. Independence Missouri is having a burn ban but not a firework ban, why don't you at least do that.

kernal 5 years, 8 months ago

It's only Sunday. Some, or all, of those counties may still institute a ban before Wednesday

Jim Johnson 5 years, 8 months ago

Well I like fireworks as well as the next guy but as dry as it is at my house there won't be any fireworks. I'm smart enough to know when it's way too dry to start anything on fire. Isn't it a shame that people have to wait for someone to tell them it's to dry for burning?

Caleb Schletzbaum 5 years, 8 months ago

I think the county should just have a few laws in place for this year no things that could fly and have a high danger of catching yards on fire and should suggest to people to water their yard

Charlie Sabotage 5 years, 8 months ago

They have been blowing them up in Jefferson County since the 27th, I believe. It's not the smartest thing on Earth but on private property we can't stop them. i am just amazed at the small towns that are allowing it up there.

verity 5 years, 8 months ago

All it takes is one field of wheat stubble catching fire from one spark. Probably won't look like Colorado, but it won't be pretty.

I've seen silly city boys setting fireworks off in the country and starting fires. Fortunately we were able to put them out before they caused damage.

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