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Fireworks Safety and Ordinance Information

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Fireworks Safety and Independence City Ordinance Information

 

Enjoying fireworks can be a lot of fun during this holiday. However, fireworks can also be very dangerous. According to FEMA “In 2010, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,600 people for fireworks-related injuries. 73 percent of these injuries occurred between June 18 - July 18.      

Of these injuries: 65 percent were to males and 35 percent were to females. Children under 15 years old accounted for 40 percent of the estimated injuries. Children and young adults under 20 years old had 53 percent of the estimated injuries. An estimated 900 injuries were associated with firecrackers. Of these, an estimated 30 percent were associated with small firecrackers, 17 percent with illegal firecrackers, and 53 percent where the type of firecracker was not specified.

An estimated 1,200 injuries were associated with sparklers and 400 with bottle rockets. The parts of the body most often injured were hands and fingers (30 percent), legs (22 percent), eyes (21 percent), and head, face, and ears (16 percent). More than half of the injuries were burns. Burns were the most common injury to all parts of the body except the eyes, where contusions, lacerations, and foreign   bodies in the eye occurred more frequently. Most patients were treated at the emergency department and then released. An estimated 7 percent of patients were treated and transferred to another hospital or admitted to the hospital.” We’re not trying to discourage fireworks altogether. Fireworks can be very enjoyable. Just, please be safe and follow the law!

In the City of Independence,

“The use of Division 1.4G fireworks within the City limits shall only be permitted on July 3 and July 5 of each year between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., on July 4 of each year between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and midnight.” Also, it’s illegal “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.”

Keep in mind, not all fireworks are legal!

It is unlawful to possess, store, handle, or use the following fireworks within the City:

  • Bottle rockets, aerial missile, or similar devices
  • Sparkler bombs
  • Altered or combined fireworks
  • “Sky Lanterns”

We suggest that you reference the city ordinance (9.01.003) before you engage in any fireworks related activities. All city ordinance can be viewed by following this web link:

https://www.municode.com/library/mo/independence_/codes/code_of_ordinances

Be Safe and Enjoy the Holiday with your friends, family and neighbors!