Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Police Department want to help keep families safe this Independence Day. To do this, the City will continue its “Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign for the 2018 fireworks season.
The campaign is designed to help build resident awareness for fireworks safety and to educate community members about City rules and regulations regarding fireworks. Additionally, a primary goal for the 2018 “Be a Good Neighbor” fireworks education campaign is to emphasize the assertive police enforcement that will take place prior to and during the Fourth of July holiday.
“We want our citizens to be able to enjoy their Independence Day holiday and celebrate by discharging fireworks if they so choose, but we also want everyone to be safe, legal and considerate of others during this time,” said Police Chief Bob Muenz.
This campaign once again focuses on three major components, Be Legal, Think Safe and Play Smart, reminding citizens about the need to exercise good decision making when participating in fireworks activities.
Be Legal encourages residents to observe the days and hours fireworks are legally allowed to be discharged within Blue Springs City limits. This year, these dates and times are July 1-3, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on July 4, 2018 from 10 a.m. to Midnight. Police Officers will also exercise increased street patrol and law enforcement measures during these times to make sure residents are complying with the regulations provisioned by the City’s Fireworks Ordinance. To report fireworks violations, call (816) 228-0151 or Text-A-Tip; text BSPD plus your 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 Blue Springs only. The discharge of bottle rockets and aerial luminaries are prohibited by the City.
Play Smart encourages citizens and their family members to have fun, but be safe when discharging or detonating fireworks. An adult should always be present, and please avoid discharging fireworks in dry areas and around or near pets and animals.
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 9-1-1.
In addition, the City invites residents to the Red, White and Blue Springs Celebration on Wednesday, July 4 at Blue Springs High School Peve Stadium, 2000 NW Ashton Drive. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Michael Dale, featuring Monica Pearce, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. The fireworks display begins around 9:45 p.m. This year’s display is co-sponsored by Country 94.1 KFKF and St. Mary’s Medical Center. In the case of inclement weather, the display will be postponed until Thursday, July 5.
The “Be a Good Neighbor” fireworks education campaign launched this week, distributing more than 20,000 postcards from Mayor Carson Ross to every household in Blue Springs. The Mayor’s letter represents the official declaration of this year’s campaign in which he asks for residents’ help to “keep the Blue Springs community operating as a safe, clean and enjoyable place to live and celebrate.”
Additional fliers will be available at approved fireworks retailers, neighboring businesses and patrons of City Hall. For additional information about the campaign or fireworks safety visit www.bluespringsgov.com/fireworks.
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