The O’Fallon City Council could vote on Sept. 12 to change regulation related to the sale and use of fireworks. Those regulations would replace the current outright ban on the sale and amateur use of fireworks in the city.
Bill No. 7119 sponsored by council members Dr. Jim Ottomeyer [Ward 4] and Dave Hinman [Ward 1], was given a first reading at the Aug. 22 City Council meeting. Provisions in the proposed bill include:
• Sale and storage of fireworks in the city limits will be allowed only from June 15 through July 5, unless a competent person or company obtains a permit issued by the mayor or city administrator.
• Fireworks use will be allowed within the city limits on July 3, 4 or 5, between the hours of noon and 11 p.m. with a permit or on private property with the consent of the owner.
• For parks and other public places, the mayor or city administrator may issue a permit to competent persons for fireworks displays, provided that such displays shall be prohibited after 10 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, and after 11 p.m. on July 3, 4 or 5, or any Friday or Saturday.
• Persons under the age of 16 may possess or use fireworks only on private property with the consent of the owner and while in the presence of a responsible adult at least 21 years of age, and only on July 3, 4 or 5, between the hours of noon and 11 p.m.
The bill likely will have changes to wording. Council Member Dale Kling (Ward 3) asked if he could provide suggested changes prior to the first reading; however, the mayor indicated those comments and proposed changes would need to be discussed as part of the second reading process before or at the next council meeting.