Fireworks violations will be a primary focus of St. Louis County Police Department patrol officers because of the preventable injuries that result every year from the illegal use of explosive devices. Summonses will be issued to anyone in possession of, using or selling fireworks in St. Louis County, according to an announcement from the department. County Police also will check motorists to reduce the number of drunk drivers on streets and highways.
The term “fireworks” in the St. Louis County ordinance covers all combustible or explosives, including sparklers and magic snakes. Fines for the violations range from $50 to $1,000. Officers responding to the sights and sounds of fireworks discharges will seize remaining unexploded devices, as well as issue a summons.
Strict enforcement of traffic safety laws is a key element of the holiday enforcement program, departmental representatives said. Patrol officers will be alert for curfew ordinance and liquor law violations which often contribute to accidents. The Highway Safety Unit will be providing patrol on the interstate highways within St. Louis County during the holiday and holiday weekends.
Chief of Police Tim Fitch stated in the news release: "The well-being of our citizens and their property is our top priority during this holiday weekend. This special enforcement has been successful in past years due to the community's cooperation. Please use common sense to prevent personal tragedy during this holiday weekend: Act responsibly, keep small children in sight and never trust the lives of loved ones to a driver who has been drinking. Finally, remember that not only are fireworks against the law in St. Louis County, but their use can be disrespectful to other residents. There are many other ways to demonstrate one's patriotism without jeopardizing the peace and tranquility of others in your neighborhood."