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O’Fallon Police Department Reminds Residents Shooting Fireworks is Illegal, Dangerous

By city ordinance, it is is illegal to buy, sell, possess, store or discharge fireworks in the City of O'Fallon, Missouri. Offenders are subject to ticketing.

O’Fallon, Missouri residents and visitors are reminded that when it comes to fireworks, it is illegal to:

  • Buy
  • Sell
  • Possess or store
  • Discharge fireworks in City limits.

The fireworks ban is set out in City Ordinance 215.690, which prohibits the possession and/or discharging of fireworks without a City permit. Those caught in violation of the ordinance can be ticketed and fined, and may have to appear in court.

“Our Police Department is making this an enforcement issue if the opportunity arises where the violator(s) can be identified, not only because fireworks can cause injury and disturb the peace, but because the area is so dry there’s a very serious risk of fire,” said Tom Drabelle, O’Fallon’s Director of Communications. “We are asking citizens to help keep their neighborhoods safe by calling the police if they know of an address where fireworks are kept or if they see fireworks being discharged in City limits. It’s extremely important to provide an address so the officers can know where to respond.”

O’Fallon does not allow fireworks stands in the City, and some stands that appear to be within City limits are actually in small pockets of unincorporated St. Charles County. For inquiries or concerns about these stands, please call the County’s switchboard at 636-949-7900 or visit http://www.sccmo.org/Home/.

“Not only is it a safety issue, but this also is one of the biggest complaints that we receive from our residents,” said Drabelle. “Our residents have spoken loudly and clearly that they do not want fireworks in their neighborhoods. With this year’s drought it is even more important that we leave the fireworks to the professionals. So instead of wasting hundreds of dollars on home fireworks that can get you in serious trouble, just come out and watch the City’s spectacular fireworks displays put on by professionals on July 3 and 4.”

 

 

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Dale July 01, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I would agree this year it is not a good idea but lets be honest about this. Our so called queens and kings of Ofallon ( also known as councilmen), the only voice taken on this subject was your vote not the people vote so have the facts printed not your views.
SA July 02, 2012 at 08:42 PM
If what this article says is true then WHY do I see fireworks stands in O'Fallon? This makes no sense...
OFallon Communications July 02, 2012 at 08:47 PM
SA, There are no fireworks stands in O'Fallon. The stands you see are in small pockets of St. Charles County that are unincorporated. These lots are not in O'Fallon and O'Fallon receives no tax revenue from them. It is illegal to sell fireworks in O'Fallon, and we do not make any exceptions. I hope that clears it up. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions! tdrabelle@ofallon.mo.us.
Jim Frain July 02, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Thanks to Tom Drabelle for addressing the "fireworks stand issue"...Many people complain to me that O'Fallon should not allow the sale of fireworks if they are against the law. They can't, as these stands sneak in on the unincorporated areas within and around our city.
SA July 03, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Thank you for clearing the fireworks stand info for me and I'm sure many others. Now I would like to know why St. Charles County would let something like this get through and if they are held partially responsible if there is a fire or other occurrence due to fireworks that they have allowed and have made it easily accessible in an area that it is illegal?
Rich Pope July 05, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Last year, my daughter worked at a fireworks stand that was next to Emge Elementary School. Also, there is a stand where Bryan meets the Outer Road for Highway 70. I don't know if the one by Emge is still there this year or not. They did call and asked my daughter if she wanted to work the stand this year but I don't know if they have moved.
Rich Pope July 05, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Maybe the police should station a police cruiser right next to the fireworks stands that are sitting on unincorporated lots. Since it's illegal to posses them in O'Fallon, the moment people drive off the lots with their newly purchased fireworks and head into O'Fallon, the police can pull them over. Just seeing the police sitting next to a fireworks stand would deter many would be law breakers.
Angela Smith July 05, 2012 at 02:45 PM
OMG, people, YOU all were kids once. First yes it is way to dry to shoot them off however years in the past hasn't been. The people of this country has gotten so uptight about everything. I am surprised that they don't complain because people water their lawns the wrong way or better yet maybe, I should complain because I don't like the smell of BBQ so I think there needs to be a law that says no BBQing is allowed. Stop complaining so much people...
Tracy July 09, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I agree with angela. O'fallon might want to think about the revenue they are missing.
Helen May 27, 2013 at 03:49 AM
Yes, as a kid, fireworks were fun but as a mother of little kids fireworks are a nuisance. Hearing them going off for no reason and non holidays (new years and 4th of July)at all hours of the night is a pain in the butt.

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