Lighting Fireworks in Town Comes with Rules


The festive booms and crackles of fireworks are being heard in many towns this week as the 4th of July is just around the corner.

Many are allowing certain types of fireworks in city limits until certain hours of the night.

But that comes with rules. Towns vary on what time people need to be done lighting fireworks.

Kearney, for example has been allowing them to be shot off until 10 p.m., and will be allowing them until midnight on Thursday and Friday.

Things like bottle rockets, mortars, homemade fireworks or anything that can be shot like a rocket towards others is strictly not allowed.

Officials say individuals who violate any of these rules will be dealt with as necessary.

"We encourage the public to report it to us and we will investigate each incident as it's reported with each set of facts and circumstances," said KPD officer Tim Beckenhauer.

Beckenhauer says there haven't been serious incidents in the Kearney area as of yet. Most of the complaints have been about people lighting them off past the allowed hours or throwing them.

If you're not in the Kearney area, you can always call your local police department or sheriff’s office for information on rules and regulations in your area.