Applications for non-profit groups in Independence to sell consumer grade fireworks will be accepted between 8 a.m., Monday April 9 and 5 p.m. Friday, April 13.

No early or late applications will be accepted. To apply, non-profit groups can visit indep.us/fireworks and download a fireworks license application or visit City Hall, 111 E. Maple Ave. The Regulated Industries Division, which handles fireworks applications, is on the second floor.

Applicants will receive directions on applying as well as regulations on the sale and use of fireworks. Applicants must include a site plan and security plan, and there is a $400 non-refundable fee due at the time of application.

Non-profit organizations are allowed one license apiece and may be licensed to sell fireworks within the city limits from 10 a.m. June 23 to noon July 5.

City Code allows anyone age 16 ior older to use or possess consumer-grade fireworks between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. from July 3 to July 5. Sparkler bombs, altered or combined fireworks or sky lanterns (small balloon-like devices with a small fire that float away freely) are illegal in Independence.

For more information, contact the Regulated Industries Division at 816-325-7079 or at blicenses@indepmo.org.

The application period fireworks vendors in Blue Springs closed earlier this week.

Fireworks applications for non-profits and wholesale distributors in Jackson County are due by April 30. There will be nine non-profit permits and four wholesale licenses (with optional retail sales) issued. Nonprofits must be in existence for at least five years for consideration, and preference will be given to distributors and organizations in the county.

Applications and necessary information can be found at: www.jacksongov.org/227/Firework-Sales-Permits-Licenses

The application fee is $500. Two money orders or checks should be made payable to Mary Jo Spino, County Clerk – one in the amount of $100 (non-refundable) and one in the amount of $400. The clerk reports proposed permits to the legislature, which has seven days to reject all or part of them.