Paducah’s Code of Ordinances allows the sale of fireworks that leave the ground, explode, or have a report; however, they are not allowed to be discharged within the city limits due to the density of homes and other structures.
Paducah allows the sale, within a specific set of requirements, of fireworks. However, since Paducah’s homes and other buildings are relatively close together, fireworks are not allowed to be discharged within the city limits for safety reasons. Those caught discharging fireworks could receive a citation. Furthermore, it is illegal for minors to be in possession of fireworks.
Kentucky’s fireworks laws were updated in 2011, and Paducah updated its ordinances that year to be in compliance. Under the State’s revised laws, those under the age of 18 are not allowed to use fireworks meeting the definition of aerial devices or audible ground devices, and those fireworks are not to be used within 200 feet of any structure, motor vehicle, or other person. In 2011, the Paducah Fire Department worked with Geographic Information System (G.I.S.) staff to plot a 200-foot radius around every structure in Paducah. The map demonstrated Paducah’s density of homes and structures greatly limit the available locations to shoot fireworks leading the City of Paducah to ban the use of fireworks within the city limits.
Ground and handheld sparkling devices are permitted in Paducah. They do not fall within the 200-foot requirement listed in the State law.
Those interested in selling fireworks in Paducah need to contact the Fire Prevention Division at 270-444-8522 for information about completing the necessary permits.