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Keeping safe, legal with the fireworks

Ryan Moore, left and Rebecca Krebs, looked on as  Lexington's fireworks fly high overhead near the Meadowthorpe shopping center  on Wednesday July 4, 2012 in Lexington, Ky.
Ryan Moore, left and Rebecca Krebs, looked on as Lexington's fireworks fly high overhead near the Meadowthorpe shopping center on Wednesday July 4, 2012 in Lexington, Ky. Herald-Leader

If it explodes or goes up in the air it's illegal.

That's how Lexington Division of Fire says you can remember which fireworks you can light without violating Lexington's fireworks ordinance.

In September, the Urban County Council revised the ordinance to allow only small, handheld fireworks. On Tuesday, fire officials provided members of the Urban County Council with a refresher on fireworks.

"What we want to stress is everybody should go to a public display and let the professionals set off the fireworks," Lexington fire Capt. Scott Hickey said Tuesday.

WHAT'S ILLEGAL

Under state law, powerful fireworks can be sold in many Kentucky counties. But they cannot be set off in Fayette County.

Time restrictions and days when fireworks are permitted no longer apply in Fayette County because people are no longer allowed to possess powerful fireworks. If it goes up or blows up, it is more dangerous and thus illegal in Fayette County.

WHAT'S LEGAL

Sparklers, smoke bombs, small fireworks that sizzle, whistle or make a small bang.

If a neighborhood or church wants to have a display, they have to get a permit from the fire department. They also have to have $1 million in insurance and then someone who is certified can ignite the fireworks 200 feet from any cars, houses or people.

REPORTING PROBLEMS

To report illegal fireworks activity call the Lexington police's non-emergency number, 258-3600.

Source: Lexington Division of Fire

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