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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The St. Louis Fire Chief is warning that a new trend in fireworks is adding to the danger people face when they shoot them off. Kids are going out and buying the same packages of fireworks people get in countless locations around the area. Then, they're taking them apart and rebuilding them.

"What they`re doing is going online and learning how to make them bigger, badder, better. We're seeing more injuries, more burns. We`re seeing more damage done from fireworks." said - Chief Dennis Jenkerson of the St. Louis Fire Department.

Jenkerson points out that all fireworks use is illegal in the city. He wants parents to be extra careful in watching their kids if they are shooting fireworks off. There were 12,000 injuries in the city alone last year, half of the victims were under fifteen. Many supposedly under parental supervision.

Jenkerson says he's also concerned that Chinese fireworks manufacturers are cutting corners, making this stuff less safe. That is his opinion. However, dealers we contacted say their goods are reguarly inspected and they comply with the law.


  • Buck O'Famagh

    When you’re stupid you suffer. I think it’s great that they outlawed fireworks in STL and County. Can’t have the freedom to celebrate our freedom now can we? Nothing’s risk free. You either live free or live fearful.

  • Dan Howard

    The chief must have been living under a rock. This has been going on since the very existence of consumer fireworks. And leave it to Fox2 to be “first on the scene” of a hyped-up story. At least it looks like everything was spelled correctly in this one.

    • Douglas Burgan

      I was doing this 40 years ago and now it finally made the news. This reporter is really on the ball. I think I’ll buy some more piccolo petes and make them into m-80’s.

  • bs1

    We did this 30+ years ago and did just fine, no injuries, no windows blown out, no buildings leveled. Perhaps we need to fix the very broken school system so that kids will have the knowledge to do things safely, rather than be mindless submissive drones.

  • Kim

    That was a rather odd end to that story. It is more than his opinion. The US has been allowing known dangerous materials into this country for years from China. Ask any pet owner who had them killed by Chinese poison foods our “laws and inspectors” said was good.

    • rose

      KIM, Beware of any food products from China, be sure and check ALL of Great Value brands if you buy at Walmart.

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