The 4th of July is less than a month away and fireworks stores are gearing up for a busy season.  However, the Owensboro Police Department is taking the time to remind you of the rules about local Independence Day fireworks celebrations.

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Here are the rules for fireworks discharged within the city limits of Owensboro.

#1-  Normally, fireworks may only be used between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:00

#2-  Fireworks may be used between 10:00 a.m. and Midnight on the following dates only-
• December 31st through January 1st
• July 3rd
• July 4th
• Memorial Day
• The date set by the city commission as the date to celebrate
Independence Day

 #3- No person may use fireworks if they are
• Under the age of 18
• Within 200 feet of any structure
• Within 200 feet of any vehicle (operational or non-operational)
• Within 200 feet of any other person
• Or where the use of such would place that person in violation
of any other law, regulation, or ordinance

And the OPD is issuing a stern warning about the seriousness of discharging fireworks at someone or someone's property . . .

"There have been past instances where large fireworks have been intentionally directed towards persons and properties, including police officers; damage and injuries have
occurred as a result. These actions have the potential of taking what otherwise would be a city ordinance violation or misdemeanor charge and turning them into felony crimes."

So, this 4th of July, be careful and follow the above rules . . . just to keep you and your neighbors safe and happy!