June 22, 2020

As the Fourth of July approaches, thoughts turn to outdoor events and of course fireworks. Make sure your Independence Day activities do not turn tragic by following some simple rules and safety guidelines.

In the City of Lee’s Summit, residents with a city fireworks permit may shoot approved fireworks on July 3 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 p.m., July 4 between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight, and July 5 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Approved fireworks may be purchased within the city limits from any of the 18 approved fireworks tents after June 23. In order to discharge consumer fireworks on the approved dates within the city, a 2020 Lee’s Summit Fireworks Permit is required per household. A fireworks permit can be obtained at City Hall, one of the authorized fireworks vendors, or at cityofLS.net. The permit is free of charge and provides specific guidelines for fireworks use. Make sure fireworks purchased outside of the city are legal and you have a permit.

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; remember these are explosives and should be used responsibly! Before discharging 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 finished, dispose of waste material in a safe manner – not inside with the regular trash.

The most frequent complaint regarding fireworks is people who don’t clean up afterwards and discharging onto property other than your own. Be courteous of neighbors that may not share the same enthusiasm about celebrating the holiday and clean up your mess!

For questions about the fireworks, contact the Lee’s Summit Fire Department at (816) 969-1300, or visit cityofLS.net. 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 from any authorized fireworks vendor in Lee’s Summit, on the City’s website (cityofLS.net) or at City Hall (220 SE Green Street).
 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 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 3: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.July 4: 10 a.m. – midnightJuly 5: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Age Limits: Must be 16 or older, unless supervised by a parent or guardian
What are the restrictions on where fireworks can be discharged?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 fireworks be purchased in Lee’s Summit?Fireworks can be purchased 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.