Covering Kentucky

Jun 7, 2011 9:45 PM

Ky. Fireworks Law Comes With Safety Guidelines

FRANKFORT (AP) - The backyard fireworks in Kentucky may be a little taller and brighter this July Fourth with a new law in effect that allows people to buy and use fireworks that shoot into the air, but officials say safety and supervision should be top priorities.

Kentucky Fire Marshal William Swope says state law now allows people to buy what is known as "1.4 consumer fireworks," or items such as Roman candles, firecrackers and bottle rockets, as long as local ordinance allows it.

The statute also includes some safety features. Swope says people younger than 18 aren't allowed to buy or sell fireworks; fireworks can't be used within 200 feet of a structure, vehicle or other person; and fireworks can't be sold to anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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