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Are fireworks legal in my city?: 2022 guide for the Kansas City area

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Posted at 6:10 PM, Jun 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-02 20:11:28-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — KSHB 41 has compiled information on the legality and restrictions of fireworks in the Kansas City area leading up to the Fourth of July weekend.

Counties

KANSAS

Douglas County: Fireworks are legal in unincorporated areas of the county from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 1-2 and from 7 a.m. to midnight on July 3-4. Some restrictions apply. For more information, view the county's code.

Johnson County: Fireworks are illegal within the unincorporated area of the county. Residents are not permitted to "store, offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, use, explode, discharge or possess any fireworks," per the county's website.

Miami County: Fireworks are legal only from July 1-7 and Dec. 31 through Jan. 1. More details are available in the city's code.

Wyandotte County: Fireworks are legal. See the Kansas City, Kansas, entry below for specifics on restricted items and when items are allowed to be discharged.

MISSOURI

Clay County: While fireworks are permitted in unincorporated Clay County, not all cities follow the same time/date restrictions. Other cities do not allow fireworks at all. Clay County residents are advised to refer to their city's website for more information.

Jackson County: Temporary, seasonal fireworks are permitted to be sold 45 days before July 4 until 3 p.m. July 5. Details can be found here.

Cities

MISSOURI:

Belton

Legality: Fireworks can be sold from 8:00 a.m. June 28 to midnight on July 4 by authorized civic groups.

Hours: Fireworks can be discharged from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. during the sales time frame, ending at midnight on July 4.

Restrictions: No bottle rockets, sky rockets or Roman candles.

Source: For more on fireworks in Belton, check the city’s website.

Blue Springs

Legality: Fireworks may be sold by local, nonprofit, religious or community service organizations from July 1-4.

Hours: Fireworks can be used from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. July 1-3. On July 4, fireworks are allowed from 10 a.m. to midnight.

Restrictions: Bottle rockets, rockets of all types and sizes and any fireworks with an aerial trajectory with a cylinder or cartridge that does not completely burn up before landing are not allowed.

Source: For more on fireworks in Blue Springs, check the city’s rules.

Excelsior Springs

Legality: Yes.

Hours: Allowed from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June. 28 through July 2 as well as July 5. Fireworks are permitted from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. July 3-4.

Restrictions: Residents are encouraged to let neighbors know in advance of any parties.

Source: For more on fireworks in Excelsior Springs, check the city's social media.

Gladstone

Legality: Not allowed.

Hours: Not allowed.

Restrictions: Not allowed.

Source: For more on fireworks in Gladstone, check the city’s social media.

Grain Valley

Legality: Fireworks can be sold by permitted local, nonprofit, religious or community service organizations within city limits beginning the seven days before the holiday until 11 p.m. July 4.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on July 2, 3 and 4.

Restrictions: Bottle rockets and night parachutes are prohibited.

Source: For more on fireworks in Grain Valley, check the city’s rules.

Grandview

Legality: Not allowed.

Hours: Not allowed.

Restrictions: Not allowed.

Source: For more on fireworks in Grandview, check the city’s social media.

Harrisonville

Legality: Yes.

Hours: Discharging is legal from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 1-2 and from 7 a.m. to midnight on July 3-4.

Restrictions: Only items that are categorized as 1.4G fireworks are permitted. Fireworks do not include toy guns, toy pistols, toy canes and any device with 0.25 grain or less of an explosive compound.

Source: For more on fireworks in Independence, check the city's website.

Independence

Legality: Yes, as long as it is considered 1.4G class.

Hours: Can be used from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 3 and July 5 and 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4.

Restrictions: No sparkler bombs, sky lanterns or altered or combined fireworks.

Source: For more on fireworks in Independence, check the city’s rules.

Kansas City, Missouri

Legality: Not allowed.

Hours: Not allowed.

Restrictions: Not allowed.

Source: For more on fireworks in KCMO, check the city’s ordinance.

Kearney

Legality: Yes.

Hours: May be discharged from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 28 through July 3. On July 4, fireworks may be set between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Restrictions: Permitted only on individual property or property with permission from the owners. Bottle rockets are banned.

Source: For more on fireworks in Kearney, check the city's code.

Lee's Summit

Legality: Yes. Residents must have a permit.

Hours: Fireworks are allowed from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 2-3 and from 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4.

Restrictions: Must be 16 years or older. Bottle rockets, Roman candles, sky lanterns, parachutes with night-time effects and missiles with fins or rudders are prohibited.

Source: For more on fireworks in Lee’s Summit, check the city’s social media.

Liberty

Legality: Yes.

Hours: Fireworks will be allowed from 4-10 p.m. on July 3-4.

Restrictions: Aerial fireworks designed to go 10 feet or higher in the air will only be allowed on three-acre or larger tracts of land.

Source: For more on fireworks in Liberty, check the city’s social media.

North Kansas City

Legality: Not allowed.

Hours: Not allowed.

Restrictions: It is unlawful to keep, sell or use fireworks.

Source: For more on fireworks in North Kansas City, check the city's code.

Oak Grove

Legality: Yes.

Hours: From 10 a.m. to midnight July 2-5.

Restrictions: Bottle rockets, rockets of any type and size and all fireworks with an aerial trajectory — with a cylinder or cartridge holding a propellant charge where the cylinder or cartridge is not intended to be completely consumed before landing — are prohibited.

Source: For more on fireworks in Oak Grove, check the city's social media.

Parkville

Legality: Yes.

Hours: Legal to be sold between 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 28 through July 3 and from 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4. Fireworks may be discharged between 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 1-3 and July 5. On July 4, items may be set off between 10 a.m. to midnight.

Restrictions: All aerial fireworks are not allowed.

Source: For more on fireworks in Parkville, check the city’s rules.

Peculiar

Legality: Yes.

Hours: Use is allowed from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 1-3 and from 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4.

Restrictions: A permit is required for selling and displaying fireworks. Bottle rockets are not allowed.

Source: For more on fireworks in Peculiar, check the city's code.

Raymore

Legality: Sale will be legal from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 28 through July 4.

Hours: Use of fireworks will be allowed from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 1-2. On July 3, fireworks are allowed from noon to 10 p.m. And for July 4, discharging fireworks is permitted from 10 a.m. to midnight.

Restrictions: No bottle rockets, Roman candles or aerial luminaries within city limits.

Source: For more on fireworks in Raymore, check the city’s rules.

Raytown

Legality: A permit is required to use and sell fireworks.

Hours: Fireworks are allowed from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4 and from noon to 10 p.m. on July 5.

Restrictions: Bottle rockets, stick missiles and sky lanterns are prohibited.

Source: For more on fireworks in Raytown, check the city’s ordinance.

Smithville

Legality: Yes, as long as it is on an individual's property or property where permission has been granted.

Hours: May be discharged from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 3-5.

Restrictions: No bottle rockets are allowed within city limits. Fireworks are to be set off in a manner in which they will not leave the property from where they are discharged.

Source: For more on fireworks in Smithville, check the city's code.

KANSAS:

Basehor

Legality: Yes.

Hours: Fireworks may be set off from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from June 30 through July 3. On July 4, discharge is permitted from 9 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. Then on July 5, fireworks are allowed again from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Restrictions: A permit is required for any person, firm or corporation to give any public display of fireworks. Fireworks may not be ignited within 300 feet of any hospital, infirmary or retirement home.

Source: For more on fireworks in Basehor, check the city's website.

Bonner Springs

Legality: Yes. May be purchased from July 1-4.

Hours: Use is permitted from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. only on July 3-4.

Restrictions: Fireworks are not permitted in city parks or parking lots. Bottle rockets, M80s, aerial luminaries, sky lanterns and floating lanterns are prohibited.

Source: For more on fireworks in Bonner Springs, check the city's social media.

De Soto

Legality: Yes. Fireworks can be bought from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 29 through July 4.

Hours: Can be discharged from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 2-3 and from 10 a.m. to midnight July 4.

Restrictions: Bottle rockets, sky lanterns, sky candles, fire balloons and using fireworks on public property are not allowed.

Source: For more on fireworks in De Soto, head to the city’s code.

Gardner

Legality: Yes.

Hours: From 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 2-4.

Restrictions: Cannot be discharged into or on any city street, sidewalk or park. Additionally, fireworks cannot be set off within 100 feet of a fireworks tent or 1000 feet of a hospital.

Source: For more on fireworks in Gardner, check out their city code.

Kansas City, Kansas

Legality: Yes.

Hours: You can discharge fireworks between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. from July 2-4.

Restrictions: Bottle rockets, sky rockets and missile-type rockets as well as unattended lanterns, sky candles and fire balloons are not allowed.

Source: For more information, see the Unified Government's fireworks ordinances.

Lawrence

Legality: Not allowed.

Hours: Not allowed.

Restrictions: Lawrence is a fireworks-free city. However, the city allows some “novelty items" such as party poppers, snappers, snakes and glow worms, sparklers, toy caps and toy smoke devices.

Source: For more on fireworks in Lawrence, check the city’s website.

Leavenworth

Legality: Not allowed.

Hours: Not allowed.

Restrictions: Fireworks are illegal unless you get a permit for a public display. Minor exceptions include toy paper caps and smoke balls.

Source: For more information on fireworks in Leavenworth, check out their ordinances.

Lenexa

Legality: Not allowed.

Hours: Not allowed.

Restrictions: Fireworks are illegal.

Source: For more information on fireworks in Lenexa, check the city's rules.

Merriam

Legality: Not allowed.

Hours: Not allowed.

Restrictions: Fireworks are prohibited.

Source: For more on fireworks in Merriam, check the city's social media.

Mission

Legality: Not allowed.

Hours: Not allowed.

Restrictions: The use of fireworks is banned in Mission except for supervised public exhibitions or displays.

Source: For more information on fireworks in Mission, visit the city's code.

Olathe

Legality: Not allowed.

Hours: Not allowed.

Restrictions: All fireworks are prohibited.

Source: For more information on fireworks in Olathe, check the fire department's social media.

Ottawa

Legality: Not allowed.

Hours: Not allowed.

Restriction. Fireworks are prohibited within the corporate limits of the city.

Source: For more information on fireworks in Ottawa, check the city's code.

Overland Park

Legality: Not allowed.

Hours: Not allowed.

Restrictions: It is illegal to purchase, possess or discharge the following: sparklers, firecrackers, torpedoes, sky rockets and Roman candles. Only snappers, snakes, toy pistols or canes with caps are allowed.

Source: For more information on fireworks in Overland Park, go to the city's website.

Prairie Village

Legality: Not allowed.

Hours: Not allowed.

Restrictions: Fireworks of all kinds are prohibited in Prairie Village, with the exception of toy paper caps containing no more than 0.25 grains of explosive composition.

Source: For more information on fireworks in Prairie Village, check the city's ordinance.

Shawnee

Legality: Fireworks may be set off but sales are prohibited. The city council voted in May to permit setting off fireworks in 2022 and sales starting in 2023.

Hours: Use is permitted between 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. from July 3-4.

Restrictions: Bottle rockets, sky lanterns and M80s are prohibited. Fireworks cannot be set off within 150 feet of fireworks stands or gas pumps, within 1,000 feet of medical buildings/elder care facilities/public buildings/schools, under or on vehicles, into a group of people, on public property, in cemeteries or inside any building or structure.

Source: For more information on fireworks in Shawnee, check the city’s website.

Spring Hill

Legality: Firework sales run from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 27 through July 5.

Hours: Fireworks may be lit from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m July 2-5.

Restrictions: No fireworks in public areas or on public property.

Source: For more on fireworks in Spring Hill, check the city's website.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

This is a developing list and will be updated.