CHAPTER VII. FIRECHAPTER VII. FIRE\ARTICLE 2. FIREWORKS

For purposes of this article, the term fireworks shall mean those items as defined by the rules and regulations of the Kansas state fire marshal, and shall include but not be limited to: firecrackers, torpedoes, sparklers, Roman candles, sky rockets, pin wheels, cap or toy pistols (except such pistols or any like device designed to discharge paper caps containing not more than .25 grains of explosive mixture), canes, bombs, cannons or other like devices and all classes of fireworks that may be shot into the air or propelled over the ground by explosive discharges or any device using blank cartridges.

(Ord. 99-420)

(a)   Except as provided in sections 7-203:206; it shall be unlawful for any person to keep, store, display for sale, fire, discharge or explode any fireworks.

(b)   Nothing in this article shall be construed as applying to:

(1)   Toy paper caps containing not more than .25 of a grain of explosive composition per cap;

(2)   The manufacture, storage, sale or authorized use of signals necessary for the safe operation of railroads or other classes of public or private transportation;

(3)   The military or naval forces of the United States or of this state while in the performance of official duty;

(4)   Law enforcement officers while in the performance of official duty; or

(5)   The sale or use of blank cartridges for ceremonial, theatrical or athletic events.

(Ord. 99-420)

(a)   Section 7-202 of this article shall not apply to the firing or discharge of fireworks in the city between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on June 27th through July 2nd, and 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight on July 3rd through July 5th.  The city governing body may by resolution allow the firing or discharge of fireworks in the city on additional dates and times. Provided, that the governing body may, upon recommendation by the mayor and/or Police Chief, limit or alter the discharge of fireworks due to a fire hazard beyond that which is normal (i.e., dry periods, water supply systems working at less than full capacity, etc.).

(b)   The governing body of the city may, in its discretion, grant permission at any time for the public display of fireworks by responsible individuals or organizations when such display or displays shall be of such a character and so located, discharged and fired as shall not be a fire hazard or endanger persons or surrounding property.

(c)   It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to give any public display of fireworks without having first obtained a permit thereof.

(Ord. 99-420; Ord. 1664)

Any person who has first obtained a valid permit to sell fireworks within the city may do so between the hours of 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on June 27th through July 2nd, and from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 midnight on July 3rd through July 5th or the day designated for celebration by resolution of the governing body, or on such other days designated by resolution of the governing body.

(Ord. 99-420; Code 2009; Ord. 1664)

(a)   It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, display for sale, offer to sell or give away any type of fireworks within the city without first paying a fee as set forth in the City’s annual fee resolution and applying for and securing a permit therefore no less than one week prior to the first allowable date for sale of fireworks of the permit year or on such other dates designated by resolution of the governing body.

(b)   No permit shall be issued for any location where retail sales are not permitted under the zoning laws. Prior to the issuance of the permit, an inspection will be made of the applicant's facility for compliance with this chapter and other pertinent laws, and no permit shall be issued for any premises not in compliance with such laws. Upon qualifying for the permit, the permittee shall prominently display the same at the establishment or premises where fireworks are to be sold or displayed for sale. The permit fee shall not be refundable upon failure to qualify for the permit or withdrawal or cancellation of the application or permit.

(c)   Fees shall be waived for Kechi not-for-profit civic organizations approved by the governing body.

(d)   The City of Kechi will provide safety and/or educational information to all locations that are licensed to sell fireworks.

(e)   The person(s) operating the fireworks stand will be responsible for providing a copy of the safety/educational information to each person that purchases fireworks.

(Ord. 99-420; Ord. 01-440; Ord. 1564-06; Code 2009; Ord. 1659-13)

(a)   It shall be unlawful for any person to give or provide a fireworks display for the public or for organized groups without first obtaining a permit to do so by making application at least 30 days in advance of the desired display. Approval of the permit shall be by the governing body. No permit shall be approved unless the applicant furnishes a certificate of public liability insurance for the display in a minimum amount of $1 million written by an insurance carrier licensed to do business in Kansas, conditioned as being non-cancellable except by giving 10 days advance written notice to the city clerk. In the event of cancellation of the insurance prior to the display, the permit shall automatically be revoked and void. The application for the permit shall clearly state:

(1)   The name of the applicant.

(2)   The group for which the display is planned.

(3)   The location of the display.

(4)   The date and time of the display.

(5)   The nature or kind of fireworks to be used.

(6)   The name of the person, firm or corporation that will make the actual discharge of the fireworks.

(7)   Anticipated need for police, fire or other municipal services.

(b)   No permit shall be issued if the location, nature of the fireworks or other relevant factor is such as to create an undue hazard or risk of harm or damage to persons or property.

(Ord. 99-420)

(a)   All fireworks offered for sale and discharged within the city shall be of a type that has been tested and approved for sale and use within the state by the state fire marshal,

(b)   Bottle rockets and other similar self-propelled firework or fireworks devices consisting of a tube and attached guiding stock or rod shall not be sold or discharged in the city.

(Ord. 99-420)

 It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge, ignite or fire any fireworks upon any public street, alley or avenue or in any park or public place within the city, except as approved by the Police Chief.

(Ord. 99-420)

It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, cast or propel fireworks of any kind in the direction of or into the path of any animal, person or group of persons, or from, in the direction of or into any vehicle of any kind.

(Ord. 99-420)

(a) It shall be unlawful for fireworks to be stored, sold or displayed for sale in a place of business where paint, oils, varnishes, turpentine or gasoline or other flammable substances are kept, unless such fireworks are in a separate and distinct section or department of the premises.

(b) Where the Police Chief deems there is a fire hazard, he or she is hereby authorized to have such hazard abated.

(Ord. 99-420)

(a)   All retailers are forbidden to expose fireworks where the sun shines through glass on the merchandise displayed, except where such fireworks are in the original package.

(b)   All fireworks displayed for sale must remain in original packages, except where an attendant is on constant duty at all times where such fireworks are on display; provided, that fireworks in open stock may be kept in show cases or counters out of the reach of the public without an attendant being on duty.

(c)   Signs reading “Fireworks for Sale--No Smoking Allowed” shall be displayed in the section of a store or premises set aside for the sale of fireworks.

(Ord. 99-420)

(a)   Two functioning and approved fire extinguishers must be provided and kept in close proximity to the stock of fireworks in all permanent buildings where fireworks are stored, sold or displayed for sale.

(b)   Small stands, temporarily erected to be used as a place for storing and selling fireworks only, shall have one such fire extinguisher, or in lieu of the fire extinguisher, a pressurized water hose with nozzle end within five feet of the fireworks stand.

(Ord. 99-420)

It shall be unlawful to store, keep, sell, display for sale or discharge any fireworks within 50 feet of any gasoline pump, gasoline filling station, gasoline bulk station or any building in which gasoline or volatile liquids are sold in quantities in excess of one gallon, except in stores where cleaners, paints and oils are handled in sealed containers only.

(Ord. 99-420)

The chief of the police department is authorized to seize and confiscate all fireworks which may be kept, stored or used in violation of any section of this article, and all of the rules of the state fire marshal. He or she shall dispose of all such fireworks as may be directed by the governing body.

(Ord. 99-420)

Any person who shall be convicted In a court of competent jurisdiction for violating and provisions of this article shall be deemed guilty of a code violation and upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in an amount not exceeding $500.00, or be imprisoned for a definite term not to exceed three months, or both so fined and Imprisoned for each violation.

(Ord. 99-420)

(a)   It shall be the responsibility of the property owner or occupant to clean up the fireworks debris on their property or within any street or sidewalk abutting their property.

(b)   All fireworks debris shall be cleaned up by 5:00 P.M. on July 6th.

(c)   All such fireworks debris should be placed in a metal or fire resistive container twenty-four hours prior to being discarded in residential trash containers.

(Ord. 1659-13)