By Assistant Chief Jim Eden,

Lee’s Summit Fire Department

As you celebrate Independence Day, please follow the City’s fireworks rules. Residents with a city permit may shoot approved fireworks on July 2nd and 3rd between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 p.m., and on July 4th between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight.

Approved fireworks may be purchased within the city limits from any of the twenty vendor tents. In order to discharge consumer fireworks on the approved dates within the city, a 2018 Lee’s Summit Fireworks Permit is required for each household. A permit can be obtained at City Hall, one of the authorized fireworks vendors, or it can be downloaded at The permit is free of charge and provides specific guidelines for fireworks use.

The City’s ordinance allows the possession and use of certain approved consumer fireworks (1.4G) within the City limits. Consumer fireworks that are NOT allowed include: rockets on a stick (bottle rockets); missiles with fins or rudders for aerodynamic flight; roman candles, and parachutes that suspend illuminated materials. Although not a firework, the use of sky lanterns is also prohibited.

Legal does not mean fireworks are safe, and should be used responsibly. Dry conditions this year also increase the risk of an accidental fire. Before shooting fireworks, make sure you have plenty of space. Avoid areas of dry vegetation or other combustible materials and have a water hose or bucket available in case of a small fire. Keep small children and pets out of the immediate area. When you are done, dispose of waste material in a safe manner- not inside with the regular trash.


The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the many professional fireworks displays in the area, such as Legacy Blast on July 3rdt at Legacy Park in Lee’s Summit.

For questions about the fireworks, contact the Lee’s Summit Fire Department at (816) 969-1300, or visit To report the inappropriate use, or illegal fireworks, contact the Lee’s Summit Police Department at (816) 969-7390.

 Fireworks Regulations for the City of Lee’s Summit


Consumer Permits: A permit is required for each household discharging fireworks within the city limits. Permits are free and can be obtained at any authorized vendor in Lee’s Summit or the any counter in City Hall (220 SE Green Street, 969-1139).
 Fireworks Allowed: Consumer Fireworks with a classification of 1.4G.
Fireworks Not Allowed:
  • Rockets on a stick (example:  bottle rockets)
  • Missiles with fins or rudders for the purpose of achieving aerodynamic flight; and
  • Roman Candles, California Candles, Illuminating Torches, or similar items, with or without spikes, which contain wording on the caution label that is substantially similar to the following:: “WARNING SHOOTS FLAMING BALLS” or “WARNING SHOOTS FLAMING BALLS AND REPORTS
  • Single or multi-shot parachutes with night effects.
  • Devices with an open flame that are independently buoyant and float uncontrolled (Sky Lanterns).
Allowable Times/Dates:
  • July 2: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • July 3: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • July 4: 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Age Limits:  Must be 16 or older, unless supervised by a parent or guardian
What are the restrictions on where you can shoot fireworks?
  • Cannot use fireworks, including pyrotechnic devices in such a manner that, after it is ignited, will propel it, or any part thereof, such that it, or any part thereof, lands on property not owned by the person shooting the fireworks.
  • Cannot shoot fireworks within 300 feet of permanent flammable liquid or gas storage or dispenser, or within 600 feet of a church, school, hospital, or mental health facility.
  • Cannot be discharged within any structure; on property not owned by the fireworks shooter, or propelled onto property not owned by the fireworks shooter;
  • Cannot shoot fireworks into or at a motorized vehicle including watercraft (except where a display permit has been issued for a floating vessel) or at or near any person, group of people, or animal.
  • Within 100 feet of a fireworks tent.
Can you purchase fireworks in Lee’s Summit? You can purchase fireworks from any of the authorized vendors within the city limits of Lee’s Summit. Fireworks sold outside of the city limits may not be discharged in the city limits unless they are allowable fireworks under the city ordinance.



  • Rosa E TrVis

    June 26, 2018 - 3:51 pm

    Do you have any signs letting people that someone with PTSD lives in this home?

    • editor

      June 27, 2018 - 8:53 pm

      Please contac the Lee’s Summit Fire Department at (816) 969-1300, and ask them.
      Great question, thank you for asking.

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