Ark City lifts ban on fireworks sale, discharge

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By Shane Farley
May 8, 2013 - 9:42:46 am

The city of Arkansas City has lifted its ban on the sale and discharge of fireworks within the city limits.

An ordinance relaxing regulations was approved by city commissioners Tuesday.

The looser rules start this year and will allow for the sale of fireworks from June 27 through July 4. Fireworks can be discharged from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 1 through July 3 and from 10 a.m. to midnight on the Fourth.

Items like bottle rockets, m-80s and cherry bombs are illegal under state law and thus will remain off limits.

Previously only non-ignited items, like snap pops and champagne bottle-type fireworks, were allowed.

City officials said they decided on the change to be more in line with county regulations that have become less restrictive recently. Enforcement of a ban had become more difficult with the new county policy.

Fire officials backed the ordinance and said the threat of fire was not significant.

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