City of Cassville approves fireworks ordinance

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Residents may shoot fireworks during certain hours on July 1-4

The city of Cassville may be a bit brighter come July, as a new ordinance passed will allow residents to shoot off fireworks during certain hours on July 1-4.

The Cassville City Council approved the ordinance on Feb. 11 by a vote of 3-1, with Jon Horner, Mike Vining and Cindy Carr voting in favor, and Jerry Marple providing the vote against.

The ordinance was originally proposed in January and was thought to have passed with a 2-1 vote. Horner and Carr voted in favor of the change, and Marple voted against it. Vining was not present at that meeting. Following the meeting, city officials assumed the ordinance had passed, but the next morning, it was discovered that per state statute regarding ordinance passage, the vote was, in fact, a failure.

After conversations about the ordinance, a couple changes were made, including rolling back the legal time on July 4 from 11:59 p.m. to 11 p.m. Restrictions include no fireworks being discharged within 100 feet of a hospital, nursing home facility or fireworks stand, or if a burn ban is active. Roaring River Health and Rehab, which hosts an annual fireworks show, would not be affected by the ordinance, as it is carved out of city limits.

Marple said he maintained his no vote after doing research on fireworks.

ďAccording to what Iíve found, there were 11,900 injuries from fireworks in 2015 that required treatment at a hospital,Ē he said. ďAnd, about 8,000 of those were around the Fourth of July, and 11 of those were fatal. I think itís a hazard to people in the community, and to children under 15. My research said 26 percent of injuries were kids under 15, and 42 percent were those under 20. People will shoot them anyway, but I feel itís a health hazard.Ē

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