City of Cassville approves fireworks sales

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

5 stands selling fireworks inside city limits

The city of Cassville has issued five permits for temporary fireworks stands to be opened inside the city limits.

The amount of stands opened inside of city limits has increased each year since the permits began being issued in 2011.

"Last year, we issued four permits, so there has been a slight increase in the number of stands for this year," said Jennifer Privett, Cassville court clerk. "The number of permits given usually stays between two and five."

The city approved an ordinance for the sale of fireworks in March 2011, but the use of fireworks within city limits is still prohibited.

Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr says the Cassville Police Department usually has to stop around five to eight cases of residents shooting off the fireworks within city limits.

"The first time, we have to go out to them, and we tell them that they need to stop," she said. "We don't confiscate the fireworks on the first offense because we want to allow them to take the fireworks outside of city limits."

The second time the officers are dispatched to the scene, Kammerlohr says the fireworks are confiscated and the violator will be have to appear in court and will end up with a fine between $25 and $500.

Mayor Bill Shiveley said the revenue from fireworks sales differs each year.

"The revenue is always hard to predict because it's based solely off of the sales tax," he said.

The temporary fireworks stands inside of city limits will be open for business until July 4.

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