Fireworks Safety

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Riley County Fireworks Regulations

Discharge of fireworks may begin at 8 a.m. and must end by midnight (12 a.m.) in the unincorporated areas of Riley County. Be aware, each City has their own regulations. Visit the city website or contact city offices for more information. 

Bottle rockets and M80s are illegal in Kansas and extremely dangerous. The use or sale of these banned fireworks is considered a crime under Kansas law. It is also illegal in Kansas to shoot fireworks on or under any vehicle, on any public roadway, within 50 feet of a fireworks stand or where fireworks are stored, and at gas stations or any place liquid gas - including propane - is stored.

Fireworks can only be discharged on private property, not on public roads, sidewalks, alleys, or parks. 

**For areas of Riley County that are zoned Agricultural, please contact Riley County Fire District #1 at (785) 537-6333 for more fireworks information.

Fireworks Sales July 1 - 4

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to sell at retail, or offer to sell at retail, deliver, or give away to individuals any fireworks except on July 1 through July 4 of any year in the unincorporated areas of Riley County. The fireworks season for the State of Kansas shall be the period beginning June 27 and ending on July 5 of each calendar year.

Apply for a license to sell fireworks in unincorporated areas of Riley County by contacting the Chief of the Riley County Fire District #1, Russel Stukey, at (785) 537-6333 before June 25.

Fireworks Safety Tips

To help the public celebrate safely, the Office of the State Fire Marshal offers the following tips for the safe use of fireworks:

  • Always ignite outdoors
  • Have an adult supervise all fireworks activities
  • Have a water supply nearby
  • Light from a solid, flat, and stable platform
  • Light only one firework at a time
  • Make sure fireworks debris is cooled off completely before disposing
  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
  • Use a long-handled lighter or punk (A punk is a smoldering stick used for lighting firework fuses)

Riley County wishes you a happy and safe 4th of July!