Mid-Missouri authorities set to enforce fireworks regulations

3 years 2 weeks 3 days ago Friday, July 03 2015 Jul 3, 2015 Friday, July 03, 2015 11:25:00 AM CDT July 03, 2015 in News
By: James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department and Jefferson City Fire Department were reminding residents Friday not to discharge fireworks in city limits.

Columbia police said possessing or discharging fireworks within city limits is against city ordinance. The department said it would have extra patrol officers on duty to enforce the ordinance through Sunday July 5. It asked residents who had fireworks complaints to call Columbia/Boone County joint communications non-emergency number at (573) 442-6131. Do not call 9-1-1 for fireworks complaints. 

The Jefferson City Fire Department said discharging fireworks in city limits is illegal. It encouraged those in areas allowing fireworks to take measures to ensure safety. 

Firefighters said small children should never be allowed near fireworks being discharged. Fireworks should not be set up too close to or aimed toward buildings or dry wooded areas.

If fireworks fail to light, do not try to re-light them. Firefighters said people should stay back and leave failed fireworks alone.

Authorities also reminded citizens to not allow small children to play with sparklers. Anyone with questions about firework laws or safety should contact the Jefferson City Fire Department at 573-634-6401.

CPD said 60% of all fireworks injuries occur in the 30 days surrounding July 4th, about 1,000 reported injuries involving sparklers and bottle rockets.

Columbia police encouraged residents to attend the free professional display at Sixth and Cherry parking garage about 9:15 p.m. Saturday, but reminded attendees not to bring fireworks of their own. 

Residents in Jefferson City were encouraged to attend the professional fireworks displays, like the "Red, White & Boom" fireworks show from the north lawn of the State Capitol.

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