We have been hearing about cities and counties in Missouri banning fireworks because of the dry conditions, are Pulaski County or towns in the county doing that?
— Several local residents
The county is not banning fireworks, but is encouraging extreme caution in the use of them. Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk pointed to instances where farmers aren’t even allowed to cut hay in their fields because conditions are so dry. Western District Commissioner Rick Zweerink agreed, “It doesn’t take much.”
St. Robert also has not banned fireworks and they are allowed wthin city limits, not on city property from June 30 through July5 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Waynesville is allowing fireworks this year as well on the forth only from 8 to 10 p.m.
Richland is allowing fireworks July 3 and July 9 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on July 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Dixon is allowing fireworks July 2 and July 3 from 8 to 10 p.m. and July 4 from 8 to 11 p.m.
What this means to you
St. Robert Fire Chief Doug Cage issued a public service announcement asking that individuals use “extreme caution” when setting fireworks off.
Cage advised keeping a water source or fire extinguisher on hand in case of fire.
Cage also reminded fireworks users that they could be held financially liable for any damages that result from their fireworks.
An additional warning came from Cage concerning the use of “sky lanterns,” in which he encouraged individuals not to use them because they carry an open flame from one location to another.
Pulaski County Emergency Management Director Lawson Smith said people need to use caution, common sense and be responsible.
Smith advised that users should keep a hose handy and water down the area where they are shooting fireworks as a precaution.