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O’Fallon amends regulations for fireworks

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Prior to September 2019, private use of fireworks had been prohibited in O’Fallon. 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. 

On March 26, 2020, the city council approved two new bills to further refine those regulations.

Bill No. 7179, sponsored by council member Rose Mack [Ward 2], modifies 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 is required to obtain a temporary use permit.  

The allowable period for the stands has been slightly changed to permit the sale of fireworks only from June 20 through July 6 each year. The stands must also be removed and each site must be returned to substantially the same condition as it was prior to the temporary use. The deadline for this process would be July 20.

Bill No. 7181, sponsored by council members Dave Hinman [Ward 1] and Jim Ottomeyer [Ward 4], amends 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.] This change keeps O’Fallon within the state’s regulations.

Both bills were approved March 26 by a vote of 9-0. Mack was excused from the meeting.

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