Fireworks Safety Investigated
With Independence Day hours away, many are scrambling to get last minute fireworks for their celebrations. Fireworks stands need to meet certain requirements in order to keep people safe.
Inspectors travel to stands across the state 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 required.
"You get butterflies in your stomach every time they show up, the regulations do change a little bit each year," said Killer Bees Fireworks' owner, Shelly Kiesling.
Fireworks in the state of Missouri must have a permit from a chief investigator in order to sell them.
"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," explained Kiesling, whose stand is open about 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 have the mark 1.4 G.
"If it doesn't have the 1.4 G consumer fireworks stamped on it, it has to have the UN code," said Rodger Windel, Regional Chief Investigator. If the fireworks don't have either, they are confiscated and their permit is pulled. Windel is also a part of the fire investigation squad that shoots off the professional fireworks.
Killer Bees Firework stand passed all requirements.