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Fireworks Stand Regulations and Safety Tips

OSFM | Jun 26, 2015
Summer is well underway and the Independence Holiday celebrations involving fireworks is right around the corner. During this busy time of year there are always questions or concerns that come up. Below we have compiled some helpful reminders for questions we frequently get regarding fireworks:

Our office does not regulate the days that fireworks are allowed to be discharged. Local jurisdictions may set discharge dates as they see fit for their area. Our regulations do set the days that they may be sold. Per KAR 22-6-5, “Sale days permitted. A seasonal retailer shall not sell fireworks, except during the fireworks season. The fireworks season shall be the period beginning on June 27 and ending on July 5 of each calendar year.”

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There are 6 types of permits that our office issues regarding fireworks:
• Manufacturer Permit
• Distributor Permit
• Hobbyist Manufacturer Permit
• Display Operator Permit
• Proximate Pyrotechnic Permit
• Storage Permit (for Display Fireworks only)

Anyone involved in the retail sales of fireworks, upon request or inspection, must provide the Kansas Distributor Permit information from whom they purchased the fireworks. Enclosed is a copy of the inspection sheet our office uses for firework stands.

Our office will be collecting firework injury reports from area medical facilities. If a medical facility in your area has questions about this form they can contact our office.

Shooting Bottle Rockets in the State of Kansas is still illegal. However two years ago there were some changes made to the bottle rocket statute. Per KSA 31-507:

“(a) Except as provided in subsection (c):  (1) It shall be unlawful to sell, offer to sell, or to possess with intent to sell or offer for sale a bottle rocket; and (2) it shall be unlawful to ignite, fire, set off or otherwise use a bottle rocket.
(b) Any person violating the provisions of subsection (a) shall be guilty of an unclassified misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $100.
(c) The provisions of this section shall not prohibit the possession, transportation or sale of bottle rockets within Kansas by a person that is currently registered with the state fire marshal pursuant to section 6, and amendments thereto, to another currently registered person or to a non-registered person provided the non-registered purchaser submits a certification for resale outside the state of Kansas to the registered seller on a form prescribed by the state fire marshal. The registered seller shall send the certification to the office of the state fire marshal and maintain a copy of the certification for one year from the date of sale.
(d) ‘‘Bottle rocket’’ means any pyrotechnic device which: (1) Is classified as a class C explosive by the United States department of transportation under 49 C.F.R. § 173.53 (1990); (2) is mounted on a stick or wire; and (3) projects into the air when ignited, with or without reports, and includes any device with the same configuration, with or without reports, which may be classified as a pipe or trough rocket. ‘‘Bottle rocket’’ does not include helicopter-type rockets.”

If you have any incidents of illegal fireworks, display operators conducting shoots without permits or explosions, please do not hesitate to call the Investigation Division for assistance. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Investigations Division at (785) 296-8984 or carolyn.lowry@ksfm.ks.gov.

The staff of the Office of the State Fire Marshal wishes each of you a safe Fourth of July!

Fireworks

FireworksThe OSFM provides oversite of the fireworks industry in Kansas, including licensing and registration of fireworks wholesales and retailers.

Our office supports and promotes safe design and use of all types of fireworks.

For laws, rules and regulations pertaining to fireworks in Kansas, please visit the Rules & Regulations section.

Fireworks Information

Below you will find information useful to those in the fireworks industry.

For Fireworks-related forms, please go to FormZONE