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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Of course fireworks are a part of the Fourth of July tradition, but they're also dangerous, and illegal in the city of St. Louis. Despite that, every year, many people are injured and cited for breaking the law.

St. Louis City ordinance number 65824 says it is illegal to "possess, sell, transfer or set off fireworks in the city of St. Louis," yet more fires and emergency room visits are reported on the Fourth than any other holiday of the year.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson and St. Louis Fire Chief  Dennis Jenkerson visit to discuss the city ordinance. They note that the ordinance says "any person or entity which violates the provisions of Section 3 of this ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500 for each violation or by imprisonment for not less than 5 days nor more than 90 days in jail for each."

Both chiefs say that they have worked hard to make this year's VP Fair in Forest Park safe so that St. Louis families can celebrate America in one of the nation's best parks!

To learn more about the ordinance, visit Https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/internal-apps/legislative/upload/Ordinances/Boapdf/65824x00.pdf