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Letter to the Editor: Regarding ‘City opts to revisit fireworks ban’


In regard to O’Fallon reconsidering its ban on fireworks, I’d like to know what possible difference it would make.

Currently, it’s supposed to be illegal to shoot off fireworks in O’Fallon, but that’s more of a suggestion than anything. It goes on weeks before and after July 4th as anyone who lives here knows. Very little, if anything, is done to stop it.

The police claim it’s just too hard to enforce, yet supposedly, if it’s allowed, then it will be strongly enforced. Why does legalizing it make it any easier to enforce?

Also, if the so called ban is lifted, why does it have to be for three days and nights? From 10 a.m.-11 p.m. on July 3, 4 and 5, as suggested, is excessive in my opinion.

Not everyone appreciates hearing and feeling the effects of house-shaking, nonstop blasts and booms, not to mention the smoke from these devices and the mess left behind for others to clean up.

This being said, I’m guessing the main reason for lifting the so-called ban on fireworks is the extra revenue that it would bring. I, for one, would really like to know how much that would bring to the city of O’Fallon.

Barbara Hiatt

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