Mission Hills council agrees to reexamine fireworks ordinance after complaints following display

The Mission Hills city council agreed on Monday to revisit its fireworks ordinance in light of the high volume of complaints it received following a display at Kansas City Country Club two weeks ago.

The 10-minute display, which was part of a wedding reception, prompted 70 calls to the Prairie Village and Mission Hills police, tying up the dispatch lines. The Johnson County and Kansas City, Mo., dispatch systems each received approximately 20 calls during the same period.

Mission Hills city administrator Courtney Christensen told the council that after receiving a number of complaints from residents, she’d looked into the ordinance regulating fireworks displays, and found that it hadn’t been updated since 1975. Members of the council agreed that it needed to be revisited, and directed city staff to look into the ordinances other municipalities have on the books. The city will be examining whether to place restrictions on the duration of displays, how far in advance applications for fireworks permits need to be filed, and how much insurance applicants need to carry.

And for anyone interested in taking a peek at the swanky soiree that caused the kerfuffle, the wedding videographer has posted a preview video on vimeo:

Brooke & Mark – sneak peek from creative video on Vimeo.

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