The Fourth of July is next week, so let’s talk about fireworks. You might have seen some fireworks stands and retail establishments displaying fireworks through the past few weeks. This is because it is permissible to sell consumer fireworks during this time of year; the cut-off date is July 6.
Keep in mind, fireworks cannot be used on city property, including parks, city streets and city sidewalks. They also cannot be used on state land or on school property, unless a permit has been issued. The penalty for violating city code pertaining to fireworks is a Class 2 misdemeanor and is punishable with a fine up to $750 or up to four months in jail.
Permissible consumer fireworks, such as spinners and fountains, cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 16; however, any age group can use novelty items such as poppers and sparklers. The Peoria Police Department warns parents supervision is crucial when allowing children near fireworks.
Residents should also watch out for their pets during Fourth of July celebrations. Our animal control officers are extremely busy on nights with fireworks, as scared pets tend to run or hide to avoid the loud noise. Keep your pets indoors during the fireworks celebrations so they’re not tempted to run off and are contained inside your home until the celebrations are concluded.
Rather than using fireworks at home, residents are encouraged to enjoy the firework show at the All-American Festival at the Peoria Sports Complex from 5-10 p.m. July 4. Expect some traffic delays in the area and plan accordingly. Learn more about the event.
Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.