Wentzville considers legalizing fireworks - KMOV.com

Wentzville considers legalizing fireworks

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WENTZVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The Wentzville Board of Aldermen will consider a proposal in June that would allow residents to shoot off fireworks on July 4.

If the city does allow fireworks, there would be some restrictions. Fireworks would only be allowed for use on July 4 from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. on private property. Anyone using them under the age of 16 would require adult supervision.

The response to the proposal has been mixed from residents and elected officials.

“Those against it feel it's infringing on their rights, there's been a lot of use of fireworks the week before July 4 and the week after at all hours and it's creating noise, fire fears, fears for dog lovers, and cleaning up the remains and a potential of a dangerous situation,” said Wentzville City Administrator Robert Bartlotta.

Officials said there has been confusion over the city's firework policy in the past. The city said a lot of people are not aware of the ban or choose not to follow it.

The geography of some subdivisions has also created a problem because some neighborhoods are completely surrounded by the City of Wentzville but are actually within unincorporated St. Charles County. What may be legal on one side of the street may be illegal on the other side.

The board of aldermen is expected to discuss the proposal at its first June meeting. If something does pass at that meeting, the ordinance will be in effect by July 4.

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