Lexington July 4th Festival Kicks Off Thursday

Jun 28, 2015

Downtown Lexington's Fourth of July Festival is one of the community's biggest celebrations. Festival officials say residents can expect the traditional attractions with few changes. 


NOTE: This is an updated version of the story, with corrected information about the days of this year's activities.  We apologize for the original inaccuracies.

    Lots of fireworks will likely be going off the next few days in central Kentucky neighborhoods. In Lexington, there will likely be a mix of legal and illegal works.

More than a year ago, the state passed legislation to legalize flying and exploding fireworks.  Still, some individual communities, like Lexington opted to continue a ban on those types of pyrotechnics.  Most all of the counties surrounding Fayette do allow the sale of fireworks that go airborne or blow up.

A doctor with over 30 years of experience in emergency department care says many fireworks-related injuries can be traced to homemade explosives.  University of Kentucky physician Chuck Ekerline says a male patient came in with just such injuries Monday.  He says exploding debris and shrapnel caused extensive damage to the man's arms, chest and face.