Read up before you light up fireworks
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 03:31:17 GMT —
Splashes of color begin to brighten the skies all over the United States this week.
Sparklers, firecrackers, and roman candles are just a few of the popular fireworks flying off the shelves.
Klayton Kempker stocked up on fireworks with his mom at Javier Ferro's Kaboomers fireworks stand in Holts Summit.
"I got some bottle rockets, some smoke bombs, and lots of things that spin up in the air and blow up," said Kempker.
With fireworks popping up all over mid-Missouri this week, it's important to read up before you light up fireworks. Local fireworks ordinances are different from city to city, so knowing your town's rules could save you from a hefty fine.
In Columbia, it's illegal to have or discharge fireworks within the city limits.
A misdemeanor fine will be assessed if you're caught, and police are working overtime until Friday, July 5th to enforce the rule.
Jefferson City has a similar law, it's illegal to own or set off fireworks, but you can apply for a permit to have your own private display by paying a fee of $103.00.
Other cities break down the rules by day and time of year.
Javier Ferro makes sure his customers are informed.
"We have a brochure here the city hands to us that gives you the dates and times you're allowed to discharge fireworks. That's handed to all of our customers who live in the Holts Summit area so they're aware of it, and we also have it posted in our tent as you walk in so they'll be aware of the dates you're allowed to discharge fireworks each day up to the fourth of July," said Ferro.
The Boone County Public Safety Joint Communications is asking Columbia residents to call their non-emergency hotlines to report complaints of fireworks within the city limits.
A more comprehensive list of mid-Missouri fireworks ordinances can be found below:
Fulton- Fireworks legal
Auxvasse- Fireworks legal
Mokane- Only ground-based fireworks with the exception of July 4 (aerial fireworks allowed)
Holts Summit- ONLY DURING SPECIFIC TIMES - July 1 through 3 (1:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.) July 4 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.) July 5 through 10 (6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.)
Ashland- Fireworks ilegal; fine amount based on case, maximum is $500
Hallsville & Sturgeon- Only ground-based fireworks with the exception of July 4 (aerial fireworks allowed)
Boonville - Fireworks illegal; fine amount unknown
Tipton- Fireworks illegal; fine amount set by judge
California- Fireworks illegal; fine can range from $1-$500
Gravois Mills- Fireworks illegal; fine can range from $50-$500
Versailles- ONLY DURING SPECIFIC TIMES - July 3 (10:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.) July 4 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.)
Linn- Fireworks illegal; maximum fine amount is $500
Vienna- ONLY DURING SPECIFIC TIMES - June 25 - July 6 (11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.)
Belle- ONLY SPECIFIC DAYS - July 4-7
Owensville- Fireworks illegal, fine amount unknown
Westphalia- Fireworks illegal; fine amount unknown
Moberly- Fireworks illegal; fine amount unknown
Mexico- Fireworks illegal; fine is $106.50