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Examiner
  • Be legal, think safe, play smart

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  • The city of Blue Springs and Blue Springs Police are continuing the “Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign as people get ready for the Fourth of July.
    This safety campaign is designed to build awareness of fireworks safety and to educate citizens about city rules and regulations concerning fireworks, the city says.
    It has three components: Be Legal, Think Safe and Play Smart.
    The “Be Legal” component tells residents to observe the days and hours when fireworks are allowed to be discharged. This year, that is July 1-3, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4. Police will increase street patrols and law enforcement measures to ensure residents are complying with the regulations in the city’s fireworks ordinance. To report fireworks violations, call 816-228-0151 or text “BSPD” plus your message to “274637.”
    “Think Safe” reminds citizens to only discharge city-approved fireworks. These include those sold by the 16 non-profit organizations in Blue Springs only. Bottle rockets and aerial luminaries – sky lanterns – are prohibited. A list of organizations selling approved fireworks can be found at City Hall, 903 W. Main Street, or at www.bluespringsgov.com/fireworks  .
    And finally, “Play Smart” encourages citizens and families to have fun, but to be safe when shooting off fireworks.
    An adult should be present when fireworks are discharged, and people should avoid discharging fireworks in dry areas and around or near pets and animals, Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy says.
    Blue Springs residents are also asked to be mindful of neighbors, surrounding buildings or structures and to dispose all debris after discharging fireworks; plus use proper first aid or burn care in case of an emergency. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911.
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