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Is it legal to shoot fireworks off the sides of township roads and county roads, or the right-of-way on those roads?

"No, it isn't," Douglas County Sheriff Rick Trapp said. Nor can you discharge fireworks on right-of-way adjoining a public road.

Also illegal, Trapp said: Shooting fireworks into, under or on a car; discharging fireworks within 50 feet of a retail fireworks stand, or within 1,000 feet of a hospital; and using fireworks on private property without the property owner's permission.

Use of fireworks is allowed in rural Douglas County from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to midnight Friday. The city of Lawrence prohibits all private use of fireworks.

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