With the July 4th holiday approaching, the Paducah Fire Department reminds the public that fireworks that leave the ground, explode or have a report are not allowed to be discharged within the city limits because of the density of homes and other structures.
The city's code of ordinances allows the sale of this type of fireworks, but they must be discharged outside the city limits.
"Paducah's homes and other buildings are relatively close together," said Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention Greg Cherry. "Fireworks are not allowed to be discharged within the city limits for safety reasons. Those caught discharging fireworks could receive a citation. Furthermore, it is illegal for minors to be in possession of fireworks."
Kentucky's fireworks laws were updated in 2011. Paducah also updated its ordinances that year.
Under the state's revised laws, individuals under the age of 18 are not allowed to use fireworks meeting the definition of aerial devices or audible ground devices, and those fireworks are not to be used within 200 feet of any structure, motor vehicle or other person.
In 2011, the Paducah Fire Department worked with Geographic Information System staff to plot a 200-foot radius around every structure in Paducah. The map demonstrated that the city's density of homes and structures greatly limit the available locations to shoot fireworks; therefore the city banned the use of fireworks.
Ground and hand-held sparkling devices are permitted within the city limits. They do not fall within the 200-foot requirement listed in the state law.
Those interested in selling fireworks in Paducah need to contact the Fire Prevention Division at 270-444-8522 for information about completing the necessary permits.