Know the rules before setting off fireworks in Lexington, surrounding cities

Lexington police explain fireworks rules, penalties

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Law enforcement and safety officials around Kentucky are reminding people to use July Fourth fireworks safely. Although everything from sparklers to aerial devices are permitted by Kentucky statutes, many cities restrict the types, locations and times fireworks can be used. Below are some of the rules and regulations for fireworks use in the area.


Aerial or audible fireworks are not permitted in Lexington. In other words, if it goes up or blows up it is not allowed. Sparklers, ground spinners or fountains can be used, and since they do not violate the noise ordinance they are not prohibited late at night. Anyone using prohibited fireworks in city limits could be fined. Officers will be out responding to complaints throughout the night on July 4. Private groups and neighborhoods can seek permits for fireworks shows.


Much like Lexington, any aerial or exploding fireworks are prohibited in Frankfort city limits. Sparklers or fountains can be used between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on July 4. Permits for aerial or exploding fireworks are only available for commercial entities.


Like nearby Lexington and Frankfort, Versailles does not permit fireworks with explosion or flight. Fountain fireworks, ground spinners and sparklers can be used on July 4 as well as three days prior to and following the holiday. The sale of fireworks is prohibited in city limits.


Fireworks are permitted between 10 a.m. and midnight on July 3 and 4, and between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. any other night. Fireworks cannot be set off within 200 feet of a structure. No person under 18 can use fireworks.


Georgetown allows any consumer firework that can be legally purchased in Kentucky. On July 3 and July 4, fireworks can be used between 10 a.m. and midnight. On any other day, fireworks can be set off between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. When setting off fireworks in Georgetown, people must be at least 200 feet from any structure.


No fireworks that explode or fly are permitted in Nicholasville city limits. Sparklers, fountain fireworks, or ground spinners are allowed.


All fireworks are banned on national forest lands.

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