Danedri Thompson
The cities of Spring Hill and Edgerton are two of only a few places in Johnson County where residents can purchase and shoot fireworks during the Independence Day holiday. As of Monday afternoon, fire officials were inspecting retail stands located in Edgerton.
Spring Hill council members approved ordinances allowing the sale and use of fireworks in 2010.
It’s illegal to possess fireworks in unincorporated portions of Johnson County and Gardner doesn’t allow the use of the celebratory items.
Residents who hope to purchase fireworks in Spring Hill or Edgerton should be cautious about where they transport them, and Johnson County residents should know the ordinances where they plan to set the fireworks off.
Individuals breaking county fireworks regulations could be fined, with fines ranging from $25 to $100.
Although the county sheriff’s office investigates illegal use of fireworks each year, officers don’t typically write tickets for the offense.
It’s not illegal to transport fireworks in Gardner, but residents can be cited for using fireworks in town.
Drivers from either direction on U.S. 169 Highway near Spring Hill will soon see large tents announcing fireworks sales. In Edgerton, three fireworks dealers have requested permits. Enright Gardens will sell fireworks at First Street and U.S. 56 Highway, Pyro Papa’s will be 104 E. 2nd St., and there will be fireworks sold in the back parking lot of Dee’s Mini Mart, 101 E. Morgan St.
By ordinance, fireworks stands can open in Edgerton at 8 a.m. on June 27 and can be sold through July 4. Edgerton residents can shoot fireworks within city limits from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 3 and from 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4.
In Spring Hill, fireworks can also be sold at permitted stands beginning on June 27. Firworks can be sold through July 5 in Spring Hill.
City officials have published a brochure detailing specifics of firework sales and rules for setting them off within city limits.
Fireworks can be set off from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 1 through July 5. Spring Hill also allows fireworks within city limits to celebrate the New Year. In Spring Hill, adults must supervise children setting off fireworks, and city officials require that at least one fire extinguisher be avaialable at firework exhibition sites.
Fireworks can not be set off in gatherings of people, in public parks or in public parking lots. Penalties for violating Spring Hill’s fireworks ordinances can be as high as $500 plus the cost of any damages that a violator may cause.
Those who don’t want to purchase or set off fireworks — and those who live in areas in which fireworks aren’t allowed — will have opportunities to watch local fireworks displays, however.
The city of Edgerton will host its annual Indepedence Day celebration on July 3. The festivities will kick off with a free community picnic at 6:30 on Friday, July 3 at Martin Creek Park. The event will include music spun by a disc jockey. Fireworks displays will begin at dark, about 9:45 p.m.
“It will be a fun family night,” Beth Linn, Edgerton city administrator, said.