When celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks this summer, use caution and follow the law. The Lexington Fire Department and Lexington Police Department are reminding citizens, if it goes up or blows up, it’s illegal in Lexington.
In general, the only consumer fireworks allowed to be sold or used in Lexington are sparklers, ground spinners, and fountains. Under city ordinances, aerial and audible ground devices such as bottle rockets and firecrackers are prohibited. Anyone found in violation of the local fireworks ordinance will be cited by police.
A professional display is the safest way to enjoy fireworks. If you plan to set off fireworks at home, the Lexington Fire Department has these tips:
- Buy fireworks only from a licensed retailer.
- Follow directions on firework packaging. Do NOT combine different types or light multiple fireworks at a time.
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks.
- Only fireworks outdoors and away from buildings or vehicles.
- Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
- Do not throw sparklers or fireworks at people. Stand at least 6 feet from other people using sparklers.
- Do not drink alcohol and handle fireworks.
Lexington’s Fourth of July activities will include a professional fireworks display on Monday, July 4 at 10 pm. Fireworks will be launched from the R.J. Corman railyard off Oliver Lewis Way in downtown Lexington.
Listen to our podcast about fireworks safety
Here’a a handy graphic reminder about fireworks safety
More information about the LFUCG Fireworks Ordinance
Information about specific fireworks prohibited in Lexington as defined by KRS 227.702