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Fireworks Tents Mushroom in Arnold as Independence Day Nears

Selling or shooting fireworks is legal in Jefferson County.

The fireworks stands have been popping up in Arnold and Jefferson County.

Take a drive down Highway 30 toward House Springs or down Highway 141 toward Arnold, and the red and white striped tents are plentiful.

Dan Bish, the City of Arnold's Economic Development/Planner, said fireworks sales are available at the following Arnold locations.

  • 3064 Arnold Crossroads; Fireworks City; behind restaurant and in the parking lot
  • 3606 West Outer Rd.; Fireworks City; the lot between and the Commuter Lot off Vogel Rd.
  • 3610 Richardson Square Rd.; Fireworks City; in front of and
  • 464 Jeffco Blvd.; Fireworks City; empty lot along Jeffco Blvd north of Starling Airport Road
  • 1139 Telegraph Rd.; Fireworks City; empty lot at the corner of Telegraph Rd. and Arnold Tenbrook Rd.
  • 516 Jeffco Blvd.; Caliber Fireworks; parking lot between and on North Jeffco.
  • 1623 Jeffco Blvd.; parking lot of

And while it's legal to sell and shoot fireworks in Jefferson County, both practices are against the law in St. Louis County.

Captain Jeff Bader, precinct commander of the , says his department receives only a few calls from residents about fireworks usage in their neighborhoods.

"We just don't get very many," Bader said. "People's tolerance for fireworks increases up to the 4th of July and decreases rapidly after the 4th of July. We respond to all calls for service from people when they call about fireworks."

Bader also said he has not personally witnessed any major injuries due to fireworks.

So, how dangerous are they?

"Well, if we don't get any rain they are going to be very dangerous," Bader said, indicating that fireworks have the potential of causing fires because of the dry conditions.

Regardless, the fireworks tents are busy these days with specials on bottle rockets, firecrackers and other implements of mass explosions.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends the following common sense tips regarding fireworks use:

  • Only use fireworks outdoors;
  • Be sure to have a water supply nearby;
  • Wear safety glasses;
  • Read the instructions on the fireworks carefully and follow the directions;
  • Avoid alcohol;
  • Don’t try to relight a dud firework;
  • Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in the trash;
  • Don’t use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives.

For more tips, visit the safety council’s website.

Bill Moritz June 26, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Fireworks are fun and enjoyable when used safely. Please be considerate of your neighbors and pick up the paper and plastic that gets dropped all over. My friend has a display in his subdivision every year in Imperial and he found out that the mess is greatly reduced by using a utility knife and removing the plastic and/or paper from the tops of the big cake type displays before lighting them off. It does work. If you have an old piece of plywood you can use that to reduce the burn marks on your driveway. Here is a copy of the ordinance for Arnold. Sec. 17-105. - Periods in which discharge is prohibited. No fireworks shall be discharged in the city before the twenty-fifth of June or after the fifth day of July and before the thirty-first day of December and after the first day of January. No fireworks shall be discharged on permitted days except between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on June twenty-fifth through June thirtieth, 12:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on July first through July third, 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. on July fourth, and 12:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on July fifth, except by special written permits granted by the city council for exhibition and display purposes, and further provided that fireworks may be discharged from 9:00 p.m. December thirty-first to 12:30 a.m. January first. (Ord. No. 4.18 (Bill No. 2155), § 1, 5-4-06)
Ron White June 27, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Please be respectful of neighbors during weekdays. Some people have to wake up ridiculously early in the morning and some may have small children who may still be scared of loud noises and "dunder" (thunder). Getting constantly woken up by fireworks during all hours of the night can be pretty annoying. I think the tolerance is much more lax during this time of year, which is should be, but I'd say there needs to be a quiet time, maybe after 10 pm on weekdays, that everyone should respect. I understand it is all about having fun, but it shouldn't be at the cost of other's sanity. Happy Independence Day and be safe!
r gahr June 28, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Going to keep the fire departments busy this year ....There are bans in several missouri cities with the dry weather .Arnold,mo wont miss out on the revenue

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