In the land of the free and home of the brave, we like to celebrate Independence Day with a BANG! As we edge into late June, many fireworks stands are popping up on street corners throughout town. As you prepare to celebrate with friends, family, and neighbors, keep a few tips in mind. In city limits and small-town living, the best practice for your firework season is to exercise safety and civility. I have noticed several posts on social media regarding the use of fireworks inside city limits.
The City of Carthage has codes for fireworks listed in 10.3 of the Code of Ordinances. The exceptions for holidays are listed in 10.4 as follows:
The following shall be exceptions to section 10-3:
(1) December 31st from 5:00 p.m. to January 1st at 1:00 a.m.
(2) June 30th to July 3rd from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. each evening.
(3) July 4th until July 5th from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m.
(4) July 5th from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
(5) Nothing in this section shall allow the discharge of any firework in the municipal park at any time.
(6) The fire chief shall have sole discretion of suspending section 10-4 of the City Code in times of high fire risk or drought.
(Ord. No. 10-14, § I, 6-8-2010)
The ordinances seem like fair and reasonable rules to set terms of understanding between neighbors who love to light up the skies and make noise and others who prefer a quiet celebration with the family. In recent years, communities have become more aware of children with disabilities who struggle with noise issues, veterans with PTSD, and pets who may become disoriented and run during the night. The Missouri Department of Conservation has a list of additional summer safety tips.
The City of Carthage also plans a firework celebration at Municipal Park each year. This year, the planning committee is bringing live music, children’s activities, and food trucks early in the day for families to enjoy the park for an extended time. The firework celebration starts at dusk. Enjoy!