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Registered: 06-16-1998
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Wed, 07-03-2013 - 1:51am

Are fireworks legal where you live? If so, where do you buy them? Will you be getting any this year? What is your favorite type of firework?

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-22-2009
In reply to: elc11
Wed, 07-03-2013 - 8:15am

Fireworks by individuals are not legal within city limits but are legal in the more rural areas of the county.   Some years because of fire hazards they place tighter restrictions. I do not think they are any this year but two years ago it was so dry that no fireworks were allowed.  They canceled the city's 4th of July fireworks and the AAA baseball team which usually has Fireworks Friday could not do them for most of the summer.  Last year it was illegal for individuals to do fireworks but not for official events. 

They have firework stands in the area.  You can usually tell where the official city limits are because the stands are just outside of that.

But just because they are illegel in the city it does not mean that many will be shooting them off.

The only time we have ever bought fireworks was one year when we were living in Oklahoma.  The subdivision we lived in was on the edge of town and our back yard was surrounded by fields.  DH bought 3 or 4.

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Registered: 10-30-2011
In reply to: nora_mcl
Wed, 07-03-2013 - 10:35am

Fireworks are definitely allowed here-our neighbour across the road had them on Sunday to celebrate the Canadian version of the "Fourth". The Township had their own version on the First-but we didn't go to that-we'd been to Kim & Malcolm's-we are proud Canadians, enough already.

And to answer your next question (nothing like an all-in-one!)-my sister's birthday is on the 4th-so I will give her a call to remind her that she is getting older. Still not as old as me-but older!

Nora

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Registered: 07-30-1997
In reply to: elc11
Wed, 07-03-2013 - 2:28pm

Not in St Louis city or county, but in adjoining counties they're legal to purchase so everyone just goes to get them there and brings them back and hopes not to be caught.  I watch. DH had a Roman candle go off in his hand when we were engaged; not pretty and not worth it.  I'd just as soon only go to the professional shows; not sure I will.

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
In reply to: elc11
Wed, 07-03-2013 - 3:55pm

Personal fireworks are not legal in my county but they are in the county to the east (which is all desert), and in Mexico, which is 15 minutes south of me.  I won't be getting any this year...too hot to go to the desert, and illegal to cross them back into the US. Definitely not worth losing my Trusted Traveler permit. Every July 4th and New Year's people seem to have firecrackers, bottle rockets, and other fireworks so some people must go somewhere to get them. Professional fireworks displays are allowed. My city puts on a big display for Independence Day with the fireworks being shot simultaniously from 4 barges positioned in the bay. Last year there was a malfunction and all of the fireworks went off at once---an 18 minute show compressed into a BIG and LOUD 15 second explosion---whoops! the Sea World theme park has a nightly display during the summer (at 9:53pm, I can hear it every night at my house) and there are various other displays after baseball games, Summer Pops concerts, etc. I can't see all of them from my house but I can hear them all.

When I was a kid they were legal and we used to get a box of mixed fireworks from a Red Devil outdoor stand that would set up a couple of weeks before July 4th. In the next county over they are also sold from a "pop up" stand for a couple of weeks. I don't know if there's anyplace that you can buy them year round...I've heard that other states have brick and mortar stores that sell them all year.

My favorite to watch are Roman Candles. The only fireworks I've handled in about 50 years are sparklers and bottle rockets so I don't know what any of the others are called.

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Registered: 04-29-2000
In reply to: elc11
Wed, 07-03-2013 - 10:01pm

When we lived in Ontario, I think it was at the time legal to buy fireworks.  But that is so long ago and we didn't buy any as far as I recall.  I don't believe it's legal to buy and set off fireworks here, but it's not something I've paid attention to, as I never had any desire to set off fireworks.  If we want to see fireworks, we go to the ones put on publicly by the city. 

Shirley

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Registered: 04-16-2009
In reply to: mom_iteadrinker
Thu, 07-04-2013 - 11:13am

Yes, it is legal here although most people in the city do not buy them themselves. We had a few left over from when the kids were little. DH fired them up at the back of the garden this year.

Every 1st of the July, there are several celebrations across the city organized by the city with fireworks. People tend to go to those celebrations. These celebrations have games and rides for the kids, food and live music till midnight for the "not so young kids" and a fireworks display. There is of course the events downtown which end with fireworks over the Parliament Building.  All buses are free on the 1st to encourage people to leave their cars at home.  Haven't been to the one downtown in years; too many people

We can see the fireworks from the city Canada Day Party near us so we didn't bother braving the crowds.

Growing up in Montreal, the big "firecracker Day" was May 24th or Queen Victoria Day. I actually don't remember calling it Firecracker Day.  It is now called in PQ, Dollard des Ormeaux  Day, after a Quebec heroe killed  in a battle defending the colony of Ville Marie (Montréal) against the Iroquois.