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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Rules for Fireworks in Fort Thomas

Fireworks in Tower Park in 2013. FTM file. 
The Fourth of July is a day celebrating America’s independence, grilling hotdogs and hamburgers, eating watermelon, dressing in red, white and blue and watching fireworks.

The state fire marshal is advising Kentucky residents to celebrate Independence Day by attending a community event instead of lighting fireworks at home.

State Fire Marshal Mike Haney says the safest way to celebrate is by leaving the pyrotechnics to the professionals. He says home use of fireworks could cause personal or property damage and might also be prohibited by local ordinances.

In Fort Thomas, Rozzi's will be handling the fireworks in Tower Park at 10 p.m. on July 2.

Recently, state laws have become less restrictive on the use of fireworks, but the city’s rules and regulations remain strict in Fort Thomas.

City ordinance require a permit to light fireworks that go up in the air or blow up. 

Haney’s main points regarding firework safety were:
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• make sure fireworks are only used outdoors;

• have adult supervision;

• never relight a dud firework.

• never mix alcohol and lighting fireworks;

• and always be at least 200 feet from any structure before lighting a firework.

The Fort Thomas ordinances regarding fireworks are as follows:


   It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to offer for sale, at wholesale or retail; to sell, at wholesale or retail; to loan; barter; deliver; advertise; or give away, within the city any fireworks as defined in § 94.45, except to holders of permits as provided for in § 94.48.
(Ord. O-23-95, passed 11-6-95)  Penalty, see § 94.99


   It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to purchase, at wholesale or retail; use fire; set off; discharge; set in motion; explode; or ignite, within the limits of the city, any fireworks, as described, prohibited, and denounced in §§ 94.45 and 94.46, except holders of permits, as provided for in § 94.48.


   Special permission may be granted to persons, firm, or corporations for the purchase of fireworks, as defined in § 94.45, and their use for a supervised public display, providing an application in writing is filed with the Chief of the Fire Department at least 15 days in advance of the date of the display, setting forth the name of the applicant and the time and place of the exhibition.  The Chief of the Fire Department, on being satisfied the applicant will use the fireworks in a supervised public exhibition, and being satisfied that the display is of a reasonably safe character, and will be located, discharged, or fired after proper inspection so as not to be hazardous to property or to endanger any person, and that all reasonable precautions will be exercised with regard to the protection of the lives and property of all persons, may issue a permit which shall permit the use of fireworks at the time and place set out in the application.  Every display shall be handled by a competent operator to be approved by the Chief of the Fire Department.  It is provided further that no permit shall be issued as provided for above, unless the applicant shall give bond, deemed adequate by the Chief of the Fire Department, in a sum not less than $10,000 conditioned for the payment of all damages which may be caused thereby either to a person or to property by reason of the permitted display and arising from any acts of the permit holder, his/her agents, employees, or subcontractors.


  1. 10pm on what day?

  2. Although there is probably no harm, we often find empty shells and bottle rockets on our roof after the 4th of July holiday. Bottom line: be safe and courteous to your neighbors.