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Fire Department Urges Caution With Fireworks
June 28, 2013

(INDEPENDENCE, Mo.) Friday, June 28, 2013 – With Independence Day celebrations rapidly approaching, the Independence Fire Department reminds all citizens to utilize extreme caution when discharging fireworks.

Fireworks may be set off within the City limits of Independence only between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3; between 10 a.m. and midnight on Thursday, July 4; and between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Friday, July 5.

A single spark is all that’s necessary to ignite a fire capable of risking the lives and property of family, friends and neighbors. Any resident witnessing unsafe fireworks use should immediately contact the Fire Department and report the threat and its location.

Anyone choosing to shoot fireworks should avoid open fields and unmowed areas. Never shoot fireworks over homes, trees or other areas with natural ground cover. As an additional precaution, always have a bucket of water and water hose available nearby in case of accidental fire. Also, all used fireworks should be soaked in water before disposal.

Should a citizen have an inquiry about general fireworks use and safety they may call 816-325-7121 during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays) and they will be directed to a Fire Department representative who can provide information or answer their question.

For reference, see the following recap of the Independence City Code related to fireworks: 

The possession, storage, handling and use of certain Division 1.4G fireworks shall be permitted within the City, provided such fireworks comply with Chapter 320 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, 11 CSR 40-3.010, CPSC 16 CFR, Parts 1500-1507, DOT 49 CFR, Parts 100-178, and all applicable ordinances of the City, except that it shall be unlawful for any person to possess, store, handle, or use, within the City, the following Division 1.4G fireworks:

A. Bottle rockets, aerial missile and similar devices
B. Sparkler bombs
C. Altered or combined fireworks

Fireworks within the City limits of Independence shall only be permitted on July 3rd and July 5th of each year between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. and on July 4th of each year between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight.

It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, use, explode, detonate, aim, point or shoot fireworks, including pyrotechnic devices, in such a manner that, after it is ignited, will propel it, or any part thereof, such that it, or any part thereof, lands on property not owned by the person shooting the fireworks.

It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, use, explode, detonate, or shoot fireworks within any structure.

It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, use, explode, detonate, or shoot fireworks within six hundred feet of any church, hospital, mental health facility, or school, or within one hundred feet of any location where fireworks are stored, sold or offered for sale or a designated historical structure.

No person shall use, explode, detonate, or shoot fireworks within, or throw the same from, a motorized vehicle, nor shall any person place or throw any ignited firework into, at, or under a motorized vehicle or any other means of transportation, or at or near any person or animal.

No person shall throw, use, explode, detonate, or shoot fireworks within three hundred feet of any permanent storage of ignitable liquid, gases, gasoline pump, gasoline filling station, or any nonpermanent structure where fireworks are stored, sold or offered for sale.

It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of sixteen (16) years, unless under the supervision of a parent or guardian, to possess or discharge Division 1.4G fireworks within the City limits.

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