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Follow the Law: Lexington police, firefighters urge fireworks safety this summer

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 ordinance, 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 Festival will include a professional fireworks display Monday, July 4 at Commonwealth Stadium on Alumni Drive.

For more information about the LFUCG Fireworks Ordinance, click here. Information about specific fireworks prohibited in in Lexington as defined by KRS 227.702 is available here.

From Lexington Police Department Communications

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