Steve Leonard, Fire Marshal for the Owensboro Fire Department was a guest on the Joe Lowe Morning Show Tuesday July 3. He talked about fireworks safety and the laws governing the shooting of fireworks within the city limits, and State of Kentucky.


"Many people don't realize the person setting off the fireworks is totally responsible for any and all damages or injuries that may occur as a result of these fireworks", said Leonard. He went on to say that every year there are personal injuries due to the improper handling of comsumer, "class C" fireworks. "Most citizens think that they are safe because they are legal but nothing is further from the truth', he continued. "We see the biggest increase in eye and hand injuries during the July 4th celebrations".

Leonard also gave out some well known but often iqnored tips for being as safe as possible. These tips included no adult beverages being consumer by those handling or setting off the fireworks, using eye protection and keeping a safe distance (200 feet) from vehicles and buildings.

Battalion Chief Leonard advised that instead of spending money and time on your own fireworks display you might want to attend one of the public displays the next couple of nights.


The Public Displays closest to Owensboro/Daviess County are:

Tuesday June 3rd the Family Freedom Fireworks Festival begins at 5pm at Panther Creek Park. Fireworks set to go between 9 and 9:15 p.m.

Wed. July 4th the Celebration of the American Spirit Fireworks, along the Owensboro Riverfront. Music and other activities at 5 p.m. and the Fireworks are set for 9:15 p.m.

We have the entire interview posted here:

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