Fireworks fly off the shelves as people look to celebrate July Fourth


by WHAS11

Posted on July 4, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 4 at 5:20 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Authorities are urging you to take precautions if you plan on setting off fireworks this 4th of July evening.

The laws in Kentucky and Louisville are different when it comes to what you can set off. The big fireworks that light up the sky are pretty but are not allowed for average citizens to set off in Jefferson County.

But in a matter of minutes we found those willing to sell them and buy them for hundreds of dollars.
This fireworks stand on West Broadway has a little bit of everything. Even the fireworks that are against Louisville's city ordinance.

Steve Threedouble sells fireworks and knows the rules. But we saw him selling fireworks that shoot in the air and shoot out balls, which is against city laws. His response when WHAS11 asked him about the fireworks was he knew they were not OK to sell, but he was trying to make a buck.

He says he'll be sold out by Thursday evening. Thanks in part with the help of shoppers like Dante Walker who says he plans to spend $600 this year on explosives.

“I like the canons; the ones that go in the air,” Walker said. 

He too knows the rules.

“I am going to go across the bridge and do that…I’m gonna light these for Louisville; we don’t want to get in no kind of trouble this year,” Walker said. 

The 4th of July is all about celebrating America and some want to celebrate with a bang and some say they want to take a few more precautions.

 “We are very cautious we use extra water make sure they are out completely,” Lisa Calhoun, a fireworks fain, said.

The fine for setting off or selling fireworks that go up in to the air is $250, which is violation fine,  there are no criminal charges associated with it.

Also in the city ordinance you are only allowed to set off any type of firework until midnight Thursday and from 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset until July 9.