Fireworks can be legally discharged in the unincorporated areas of Douglas County as long as the property owner has given permission and provides supervision. Fireworks should not be discharged on a public street or roadway. Fireworks are allowed at the following times:
- Friday, July 1 - 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Saturday, July 2 - 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Sunday, July 3 - 7 a.m. to midnight
- Monday, July 4 - 7 a.m. to midnight
At Lone Star Lake, fireworks are allowed in the upper parking lot east of the campground during the above allowed times July 1-July 4 as well as on private properties as long as the owner has given permission. Fireworks are allowed on the point of land southwest of the maintenance buildings and also between the maintenance buildings and community building between 6 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. on July 4. Fireworks are permitted only in signed designated areas. Fireworks are not permitted on any other Lone Star Park lands, including the campground and beach areas.
The Douglas County Zoning & Codes Department regulates the retail sale of fireworks at firework stands and issues the permits for firework stands. For more information about Douglas County regulations, visit: https://douglascountyks.org/depts/zoning-and-codes.
Douglas County encourages residents to be mindful about the possible dangers associated with fireworks. Here are some tips from the National Safety Council:
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks
- Sparklers are a lot more dangerous than most people think. Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. Sparklers can quickly ignite clothing, and children have received severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet.
- Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
- Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
- Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
- Never light them indoors
- Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person
- Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
- Never ignite devices in a container
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
- Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire
- Never use illegal fireworks