Fireworks rules and safety

In the U.S. each summer, more than 200 injuries a day and millions of dollars in property damage occur due to the misuse of fireworks.  

The Lexington Fire Department and the Lexington Police Department urge our residents to use caution and follow the law when celebrating with fireworks.   

Fayette County fireworks rules

The number one thing to remember about fireworks law is if it goes up or blows up, it is illegal in Fayette County.

The only fireworks allowed to be sold or used in Fayette County are ground and hand-held sparkling devices, such as sparklers, ground spinners and fountains.

All aerial and audible ground devices, such as bottle rockets and firecrackers, are prohibited in Fayette County.

LFUCG's fireworks ordinance provides complete information on local fireworks law. State law KRS 227.702 provides detailed definitions of all types of consumer fireworks.  

Anyone found in violation of the local fireworks ordinance will be cited by the Lexington Police Department.

Fireworks safety tips

  • Only buy fireworks from a licensed store or stand.
  • Follow directions on firework packaging. DO NOT combine different types or light multiple fireworks at a time.
  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks.
  • Only use fireworks outdoors and away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Do not throw sparklers or fireworks at people. Stand at least six feet from other people using sparklers.
  • Spectators should keep a safe distance from individuals lighting fireworks.
  • Do not carry fireworks in your pockets.
  • Do not drink alcohol and handle fireworks.
  • For emergencies, always call 911.