Jun 30, 2020 10:41 AM

Fireworks sale, discharge today through July 4

Posted Jun 30, 2020 10:41 AM

Hutchinson Fire Marshal Tony Arpin says the regulations for fireworks this year are the same as last year.

"They can sell and shoot fireworks from June 30 through July 4," Arpin said. "8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. is when they're allowed to sell and shoot. That's for the City of Hutchinson. South Hutchinson is the same and unincorporated areas of Reno County are also the same."

The weather is one of the big concerns for firefighters this year.

"It's been really windy," Arpin said. "I don't believe there's any rain in the forecast. The winds have picked up. It's hot. Everything's drying out so naturally, grass fires are always our main concern around this time of year."

Firefighters will be handling the initial education when it comes to fireworks usage.

"We'll be out taking care of fireworks complaints," Arpin said. "The fire department will be rolling around in the evenings, so if somebody has a complaint or something like that, they can give us a call and we can go by and check it out. If they're doing something that's not exactly right, we can inform them of the rules and help them make better decisions, I hope."

Arpin suggests that you buy your fireworks in the jurisdiction where you plan to shoot them, as aerial fireworks are prohibited in Hutchinson, but not in South Hutchinson, for example, and you don't want to inadvertently buy something that is illegal to shoot where you are planning to celebrate.