Cities around Lawrence announce fireworks hours and quiet times
photo by: Elvyn Jones
Although their use is banned in Lawrence, fireworks are allowed elsewhere in Douglas County, with restrictions meant to provide overnight quiet time.
Firework stands are open for business in Baldwin City, Eudora and the unincorporated areas of the county, and they can continue doing business through Thursday.
Baldwin City allows fireworks to be sold and discharged from June 29 through July 4. The sale and discharge of fireworks are legal from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Tuesday and from 8 a.m. to midnight Wednesday and Thursday.
Eudora and Douglas County allow the sale and use of fireworks from July 1 through July 4. The hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. to midnight Wednesday and Thursday.
Although fireworks are forbidden in Lawrence, city residents can find firework stands a short drive beyond the city limits. However, unless buyers know an accommodating rural property owner, they will have a longer drive before they can legally discharge their purchases. It is illegal to discharge fireworks on county roadways or rights of way, and their use is also forbidden at Clinton State Park. The county does allow fireworks on the parking lot east of the Lone Star Lake campgrounds.
Baldwin City and Eudora also forbid the discharge of fireworks on public property, including on streets.