What to know: Rules for using fireworks and charges for illegal actions

June 28, 2022 | 12:10 am

Updated June 27, 2022 | 8:45 pm

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With the 4th of July nearly here, there are a few things to keep in mind regarding the rules for that govern the use of fireworks within the city limit — as well as illegal actions can result in serious criminal charges.

Fireworks may only be used between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., except on July 3 and 4 when that curfew is extended to midnight.

No person may use fireworks if they are: under the age of 18; within 200 feet of any structure, vehicle (operational or non-operational), or any other person; or where the use of such would place that person in violation of any other law, regulation, or ordinance.

In the past, there have been incidents where fireworks were intentionally directed towards persons, vehicles and property. That has resulted in both property damage such as burned vehicles as well as injuries to the targets of these assaults.

According to the Owensboro Police Department, those actions can result in criminal charges including:

  • Fireworks Use in City Limits – City Ordinance Violation (Fine) 
  • Parental Responsibility for Minors – City Ordinance Violation (Fine) 
  • Failure to Disperse – Class B Misdemeanor 
  • Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree – Class B Misdemeanor 
  • Disorderly Conduct, 1st Degree – Class A Misdemeanor 
  • Wanton Endangerment, 2nd Degree – Class A Misdemeanor 
  • Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree – Class D Felony 
  • Assault 1st, 2nd, 3rd Degree – Felony Offenses 
  • Arson 1st, 2nd, 3rd Degree – Felony Offenses

June 28, 2022 | 12:10 am

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