Monday, July 3, 2017

Our Past Is Present July 3, 2017

July 3, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story is about the misuse of fireworks and what that will get you.
The Junction City Police Department has told us that fireworks can be set off in the city limits during the dates of June 27-July 5th according to City Ordinance 210.230.  Sunday through Thursdays fireworks may be set off between 8 and 10:00 PM and Friday, Saturday and on the 4th of July from 8-midnight. Persons who violate the ordinance could be charged with a misdemeanor.  The consequences could be that the person could be fined up to $500 and put in jail for up to 30 days or both.
            The Pre-Fourth of July booming of fireworks in Junction City in 1949 and in particular in the downtown area, resulted in three arrests by police.  All were charged with disturbing the peace and were released on just $5.00 bond each.  Police said the activities included throwing of firecrackers under the parked cars of persons listening to the band concert in the City Park and fireworks being thrown from a moving car. 
            In 1949, Burke’s Rexall Store advertised a large selection of fireworks including a $1.50 Peace Maker and a cap gun for $.98.  Fireworks cost more today and the consequences for illegally shooting them off within the city limits could involve jail time and a sizeable fine. 
            We encourage everyone to use good judgement, comply with the restrictions and stay safe using and being around fireworks this year. 
            This has been “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society