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NEWS RELEASE
For Release:    June 27, 2014
Contact:         Bob Pape, Fire Chief - 913.322.5539
     Christy Playter, Communications Coordinator - 913.322.5507

Fireworks of any kind are prohibited in Merriam
Fireworks are Illegal
MERRIAM, KANSAS (June 27, 2014) – On the Fourth of July, many expect to witness the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, yet the only place people should be able to see fireworks this holiday is during community-sponsored events presenting a fireworks display produced by professionals.

Although we recognize the desire to celebrate the Fourth of July (and other holidays) using fireworks, the City of Merriam has adopted the International Fire Code, which says; “the possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling, and use of fireworks are prohibited.”

We want you to enjoy your holiday without worrying about your safety or that of a loved one.  We don't want you to experience the loss of your residence due to a fireworks related fire.  Therefore, the sale, shooting or possession of any type of firework is prohibited in Merriam.

Fines can range from $25 to $500 and/or you can receive a 1-30 day jail sentence. Merriam firefighters and police officers will be patrolling the City during the holiday season and violators will be prosecuted.

If you have any questions regarding these regulations, please contact the Merriam Fire Department at 913.322.5530.

The City of Merriam wishes you a safe and happy holiday!