According to a Monday Facebook post from the Wichita Fire Department, the common practice of shooting off fireworks on New Year’s Eve is illegal, and punishable by law.
The post states that fireworks are regulated at both state and local levels, and are illegal to sell, use or possess out sides of the 10-day window surrounding the Fourth of July, meaning these offenses are illegal on New Year’s Eve. The Fire Department’s Facebook post also notes that violators caught with fireworks could face fines of up to $2,500 or a year in jail.
In addition, this is the fourth year that Sedgwick County opens its non-emergency hotline on New Year’s Eve. The hotline is for use reporting any noise complaints, and serves to limit unnecessary 911 calls.
The hotline number is 316-290-1011, and the line will be open at 6 p.m. New Year's Eve, and is scheduled to stay open until 3 a.m. on New Year's Day.