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Examiner
  • Residents asked to 'be a good neighbor' on July 4

  • The Fourth of July holiday is only two weeks away, and the city of Blue Springs wants to ensure everyone is being a “good neighbor.”



    The city in cooperation with the Blue Springs Police Department has started its “Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign for the 2013 fireworks season.

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  • The Fourth of July holiday is only two weeks away, and the city of Blue Springs wants to ensure everyone is being a “good neighbor.”
    The city in cooperation with the Blue Springs Police Department has started its “Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign for the 2013 fireworks season.
    The goal of the campaign is to help make residents aware of fireworks safety and to educate community members about city rules and regulations regarding fireworks. In addition, the fireworks education campaign helps to emphasize the police enforcement that will take place prior to and during the holiday.
    A new part to this year’s campaign is the ban on aerial luminaries. Last month, the Blue Springs City Council voted to ban the sale, distribution, possession and ignition of aerial luminaries, which are also referred to as Chinese Sky Lanterns, Sky Lanterns, Hawaii Lanterns, Flying Luminaries, etc.
    These floating lanterns have a small candle or other fuel source that heats the air inside of the lantern. That causes the lantern to rise several hundred feet in the air and remain airborne until the heat source dissipates to the point that the lantern can descend.
    “Our goal this year is to make sure citizens are not only enjoying the liberty of discharging fireworks in Blue Springs, but are doing so in consideration for others and within the limitations of city law,” said Police Chief Wayne McCoy. “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.”
    The three major components of the campaign are - Be Legal, Think Safe and Play Smart.
    • Be Legal encourages residents to observe the days and hours fireworks are legally allowed to be discharged within Blue Springs City limits. This year, fireworks can be discharged from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 1 to 3 and from 10 a.m. to midnight July 4. Police officers will also be increasing street patrols and law enforcement measures during these times to make sure residents are complying with city regulations.
    To report fireworks violations, call 816-228-0151 or Text-A-Tip (text the Blue Springs Police Department) a message, including the location of the violation to Crimes (274637).
    • Think Safe reminds citizens to use city-approved fireworks only. These fireworks include those sold by the 17 licensed nonprofit organizations in the city. The discharge of bottle rockets and aerial luminaries are prohibited. Approved fireworks retailers include - Blue Springs Assembly Price, Chopper South, 1100 S. Missouri 7; Blue Springs Parents Club, 3005 S.W. M-7; Dragon Booster Club, 1300 N.W. M-7; Vaughn-Hudnall, VFW Post No. 6603, 2115 S. M-7; Blue Springs Jaycees, 1901 N.W. M-7; Faith and Joy Family Church (Harvest Fire), White Oak Plaza Parking Lot; Blue Springs Elks Lodge, 709 Main St.; Guardians, 1106 Woods Chapel Road; Kenneth L. Yeagle Memorial VFW Post 30, Corner of 19th Street and U.S. 40; Stars Explosion Booster Club, 625 N.W. Mock Ave.; Sunset Optimist Club of Blue Springs, Price Chopper North, 1305 N. M-7; Plaza Heights Christian Academy, 301 S.E. Route AA; Blue Springs South Wrestling Team, 3100 N.W. Jefferson St.; City Church Inc., 603 U.S. 40; Committee For Youth Development, 1515 N.W. Woods Chapel Road; Pointe of Hope Lutheran Church, 1215 S. M-7 and Blue Springs Youth Foundation, 1300 N.W. M-7.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Play Smart encourages citizens and their family members to have fun, but be safe when discharging or detonating fireworks.
    Residents are also asked to be mindful of neighbors, surrounding buildings or structures, to dispose of all debris after discharging fireworks and to use proper first aid or burn care in case of an emergency. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911.
    Fliers are being distributed beginning this week about the campaign. For additional information or to learn more about fireworks safety, visit www.bluespringsgov.com/fireworks.
     
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