KEARNEY — Even though consumer fireworks were available in Nebraska on Monday, they cannot be discharged in Kearney until Friday, according to a press release from Jason Whalen of the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department.

The Kearney Volunteer Fire Department would like to remind residents of the city that consumer fireworks can be purchased and discharged between:

8 a.m. - 10 p.m.: Friday through July 2

8 a.m. - midnight: July 3-4

Wire sparklers and sky lanterns are prohibited from being sold, purchased, or discharged. It is prohibited to light fireworks upon the premises where consumer fireworks are sold. It also is prohibited to throw firecrackers, fireworks, or any object which explodes from, at, or into vehicles, onto any street, highway or sidewalk, at or near any person, into any building or into or at any group of persons.

Discharging any consumer firework in any city park is prohibited.

All public streets and roadways must remain clear to through traffic at all times. Streets and roadways cannot be blocked for neighborhood fireworks displays.

After celebrations, residents of Kearney should clean up the debris in the street by placing it in a bucket of water to cool, Whalen said. Do not place firework debris into trash containers until items are cool and damp. Also, avoid placing trash containers in a garage or up against a house. KVFD urges Kearneyites to be respectful, responsible and safe.