Are Fireworks Legal in Your County?

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(KTVI) - You might already be hearing fireworks go off in your neighborhood and you might think, "are they illegal here?"  Many municipalities ban the use of fireworks, but others don't.

Officer Randy Vaughn of the St. Louis County Police Department talks about the rules.

In St. Louis County, the use and possession of fireworks is illegal.  Anyone caught with them will be issued a summons and could face fines up to $1,000.

Fireworks are permitted in Franklin, Jefferson and St. Charles County but are not permitted in the city of St. Peters, MO.

In the state of Missouri, it is illegal to:

  • Set off fireworks within 600 feet of any church, hospital, mental health facility or school
  • Set them off within 100 feet of where fireworks are sold or stored
  • Ignite fireworks within 300 feet of any gas station or where gas is permanently stored
  • Throw fireworks from or into a motorized vehicle including watercraft
  • at or near any person

The National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends people follow these rules:

  • Only use fireworks outdoors;
  • Be sure to have a water supply nearby;
  • Wear safety glasses;
  • Read the instructions on the fireworks carefully and follow the directions;
  • Avoid alcohol;
  • Don’t try to relight a dud firework;
  • Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in the trash;
  • Don’t use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives.

Get  Fireworks safety tips.