ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- You might already be hearing fireworks go off in your neighborhood and many residents may think the use and possession of fireworks is legal . However, that's not the case. Many municipalities ban the use of fire works.
"The St. Louis Fire Department takes the stance that consumer fireworks are dangerous. They are illegal in the city and county, " said Captain Garon Mosby.
Many people will head to 4th of July celebrations next week. Some families may be planning firework displays of their own. Fireworks are illegal in the city of St. Louis, yet more fires and emergency room visits are reported on this holiday than any other.
Most injuries occur to hands , fingers and eyes . Bottle rockets, roman candles and sparklers cause the most injuries. Sparklers, often considered the firework for children, can burn as hot as a blow torch and can easily ignite clothing.
"The sparkler is not as safe as it may seem," said Captain Mosby .
Adults can be held responsible for allowing minors to have or set fireworks in St. Louis.
Fireworks are permitted in Franklin, Jefferson and St. Charles County. So before you set if off this year, check with your local law enforcement to see fireworks are legal.