Blue Springs, Mo. –The City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Police Department want to help keep families safe this Independence Holiday. To do this, the City will continue its“Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaignfor the 2019 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 2019 “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 Legalencourages 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, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.and on July 4, 2019 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 Safereminds citizens to use City-approved fireworks only. These fireworks include those sold by the 18 licensed nonprofit organizationsin Blue Springs only. The discharge of bottle rockets and aerial luminaries are prohibited by the City.
Play Smartencourages citizens and their family members to have fun, but be safe when discharging or detonating fireworks. “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” said Chief McCoy.
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.
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 andcelebrate.”
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.
Due to the ongoing construction at the Blue Springs School District, the annual Red, White and Blue Springs Independence Day celebration has been canceled for 2019.
“This was a tough decision,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “This annual family event is loved by many in the community. However, with the ongoing construction at both Blue Springs and Blue Springs South High Schools, there was simply not a feasible venue to safely host the Red, White and Blue Springs Fireworks celebration.”
The City plans to continue to host the Red, White and Blue Springs event in 2020.