Firework Stands are Investigated
The Fourth of July wouldn't be the Fourth of July without fireworks. But they're not all fun and games. Inspectors travel to stands across the states to ensure requirements are met. Signs such as no smoking, no discharging fireworks within 100 feet and no parking within 10 feet of the tent are part of the requirements.
Fireworks in the state of Missouri must have a permit from a chief investigator in order to sell them.
"You get butterflies in your stomach every time they show up; the regulations do change a little bit each year," Killer Bees Fireworks' owner Shelly Kiesling said.
"There are actually three licenses that I need: one to collect sales tax, one to operate as a business in the county of Cole and one from the Fire Marshall's office to say I have a permit to sell fireworks," Kiesling explained.
Kiesling's stand is open from June 26th to July 4th. If the stand is on grass it has to be treated with a flame retardant. The owner must show a receipt with an emblem indicating the grass has been sprayed.
When it comes to the fireworks, inspectors check for recalled ones. In order for a firework to be legal, it must be marked 1.4 G.
"If it doesn't have the 1.4 G consumer fireworks stamped on it, it has to have the UN code," Regional Chief Investigator Rodger Windel said.
If the fireworks don't have either, they are confiscated and the permit is pulled. Killer Bees Fireworks passed all requirements. Windel is also a part of the fire investigation squad that shoots off professional fireworks.