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O’Fallon proposes refinements to fireworks regulations

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On Sept. 12, 2019, the O’Fallon City Council amended certain ordinances to allow the sale and private use of fireworks within city limits on a limited and specified basis in the years of 2020 and 2021, with renewal needed for 2022 and subsequent years.

At the council meeting on March 12, 2020, two bills were introduced to refine what was passed last year. 

Bill No. 7179, sponsored by council member Rose Mack [Ward 2], would modify city code to restrict temporary fireworks stands and their temporary parking lots specifically to properties zoned C-1, C-2, C-3, I-1, or I-2 [all commercial or industrial]. Each stand would be required to obtain a temporary use permit.  

The allowable period for the stand would be slightly changed to permit the sale of fireworks only for June 20 through July 6 each year. Also, the stand would need to be removed and the site returned to substantially the same condition as it was prior to the temporary use by July 20.

Bill No. 7181, sponsored by council members Dave Hinman [Ward 1] and Jim Ottomeyer [Ward 4], would amend Section 215.690 of the O’Fallon City Code to restrict the time frame for the sale of fireworks to June 20 through July 6.  [The original time frame set in the 2019 bill was June 15 through July 5.] The change keeps O’Fallon within the state’s regulations.

Both bills were given a first reading at the March 12 council meeting, and Bill No. 7179 was given a public hearing. 

If the usual process if followed, both bills will be given a second reading and vote for final passage at the council meeting, currently scheduled for March 26.

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