O'Fallon City Council to Discuss Fireworks in City Limits

The O'Fallon Police Department handled 216 calls about fireworks this past Fourth of July holiday period.

O'Fallon City Council member Schwentker has asked for the council to discuss fireworks within the city limits at the Aug. 22 council workshop.

A memo from Police Chief Roy Joachimstaler reported that officers handled 216 radio calls for discharging fireworks from July 1 to July 7. 

Most of the calls resulted in verbal warnings, the chief said, but in cases where enough evidence was found, 10 summonses and 10 written warnings were issued. 23 of the calls were officer-initiated.

In approximately the same time frame last year, the department handled 318 radio calls about fireworks and issued 40 summonses and written warnings. 

"It is important to note that although the number of fireworks-related calls was down from the previous year, this number represents only 13.6 percent of the 1,588 total incidents handled by the Police Department during that time period," the chief said.

The City of O'Fallon allows only professional public fireworks displays under certain conditions, with a permit.

St. Charles County allows the discharge of fireworks from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 2 - 7 and on New Year's Eve from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 
Rich Pope August 21, 2013 at 06:51 PM
If it's illegal to shoot fireworks in O'Fallon, it should be illegal to sell them in O'Fallon. However, fireworks stands get away with it because the little parcels of land they sell from are somehow "unincorporated" so they get by with this technicality. We should incorporate all of those small parcels of land and kick the firework stands out of O'Fallon.
Paul Baker August 22, 2013 at 08:16 AM
What will be left for kids to do on the 4th of July? My entire neighborhood shoots off large fireworks and all of the families have an awesome time. It brings back fond memories from when I was a child but I guess it's illegal to have fun now. Maybe the police can go set up some speed traps on Hwy K to earn the revenue necessary to field the 200+ calls they receive regarding fireworks each year.
Dave Perkins August 22, 2013 at 09:19 AM
In my son's neighborhood, there is a professional pyrotechnics person who has a show for the entire neighborhood, for free, this year, the police stopped the show, confiscated his equipment, and that which they couldn't fit in the car, they destroyed, nearly causing a riot. Please O'fallon, quit trying to force people to only have the hoosier fest that you call your Freedom and Heritage fest and quit the harassment.
Tracy August 22, 2013 at 10:19 AM
I agree with Paul & Dave. I don't enjoy going to big crowds just so I can see some fireworks. We have our little firework show for the kids, we clean up our mess and were done. I think O'fallon should think about the revenue that they could get from this.
Bob Hiatt August 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM
I wouldn't mind so much if there was a time limit on shooting off fireworks and I don't mean all day into the night like in St Charles.It could be limited to 5 or 6 pm till 11pm and be strictly enforced!There's no reason to be shooting them off in the middle of the night.
Jim Frain August 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM
The Fireworks Ordinance will be discussed tonight at the City Council Meeting at City Hall on Main Street...The Council Workshop is at 5:30 followed by the City Council Meeting at 7:30...A great opportunity under Citizens Comments to make your voices heard. You can also email your council person for your ward or call them too.
There was zero discussion about changing the "Fire Work's City Ordinance." The discussion was on the response, service calls and that citizens had to get involved in the process and initiate a complaint with the Dispatch Center. Also discussed was pockets and surrounding neighborhoods that are in Unincorporated Saint Charles County. Citizens, please get involved and come to City Council Meetings. I need to find a Ward Two, Ward Three, Ward Four and Two (2) Ward Five City Council Candidates to run in the Tuesday, April 3rd, 2014 Municipal Election. I am also looking for a Candidate for the O' Fallon Fire Protection District Board.
Bob Hiatt August 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Regarding citizens getting involved and initiating complaints about fireworks,I personally know someone who did call the police about fireworks being shot off in her subdivision.It was around 1 am on July 4th,this "display" had been going on for hours with no consideration or regard for anyone else and after getting through to a dispatcher,after going through an automated system,was told that an officer would be dispatched when there was one available! The police are always saying that people need to get involved,yet this is the response that was given after she did get involved!
The is do to the City Police Department being short 15-Police Officers Positions for a population our size, the call volume and response times to calls for service. For issues and complaints, please contact the following Personnel: Deputy Police Chief/Inspector of Police (Communications)-John Neske, Email: jneske@ofallon.mo.us 636-379-5631 Deputy Police Chief (Operations)-Kyle Kelley, Email: kkelley@ofallon.mo.us 636-379-5639 Deputy Police Chief (Patrol)-Jeff Gray, Email: jgray@ofallon.mo.us 636-379-5649


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