On Monday evening when the City Commissioners voted to postpone the city's public fireworks display they also voted to postpone the date when residents could discharge personal fireworks.
"According to our fire code fireworks are prohibited within the city limits at all times," said Kevin Norton, Dodge City fire chief. "Every year we go to the commission and ask them to allow the discharge of fireworks for a few days around the 4th of July."
Because of the drought conditions in the area this year, the commissioners felt that it would be safer to postpone the dates.
The dates for the public show and private discharge of fireworks may not be at the same time. Last year when fireworks were banned the city show was rescheduled for Patriots Day, Sept. 11, and private fireworks could be discharged on New Year's Eve.
"It's really up to the commissioners to choose a date that they feel comfortable with," said Jane Longmeyer, director of public information. "They will be monitoring the weather closely now and pick a time when conditions are safer."
However, Longmeyer stressed that there will be a new date chosen this year for both the city show and private firework discharge. Residents should store them safely until they can be discharged in Dodge City.
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