The CIty of Dardenne Prairie wishes everyone a wonderful Fourth of July. Please note that City Hall will be closed on Friday July 3rd.
The Fourth of July is a time for bar-be- ques, parades, family gatherings, and fireworks. As you plan your celebrations, please be aware that the Municipal Code of Dardenne Prairie outlines specific times and dates when fireworks are allowed, in addition to types of fireworks allowed and ages and supervision required for discharging. The code, SECTION 210.205: DISCHARGE OF FIREWORKS LIMITED, is listed at the bottom of this page.
If you are disturbed by fireworks that are being discharged and are not in compliance with code, please call the St. Charles County Police non-emergency number, (636) 949-3020.
Please be safe and courteous with your celebrating. Be aware of your surroundings and the people nearby before discharging. and clean up all debris after discharging. It may be helpful to your neighbors if you let them know when you are planning your celebration and try to be consider of their specific needs, such as sleeping babies, ill residents, or veterans.
Please follow these safety tips when using fireworks:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
SECTION 210.205: DISCHARGE OF FIREWORKS LIMITED
A. The discharge of fireworks within the City shall be limited to between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 11:00 P.M. on July second (2nd), third (3rd), fourth (4th) and fifth (5th) of any year.
B. Persons fifteen (15) years of age and younger shall not discharge fireworks except under the supervision of an adult. Supervision shall be adequate where the adult is within sight and sound of the children during the discharge of the fireworks.
C. It shall be unlawful for any parent, guardian or other adult person having custody or control of any minor fifteen (15) years of age or less to knowingly allow such minor to discharge fireworks in violation of the preceding Subsection.
D. Except as provided herein, it shall be unlawful for any person to willfully set off, use, burn, explode or fire off any firecrackers, fireworks, torpedoes, bombs, pin wheels, fire balloons, Roman candles, toy cannons, toy missile or aerial fireworks containing a stick or fin, or other fireworks of a like kind within the City; provided however, that this Section shall not apply to parks or other public places when in the charge of competent persons and under a permit issued by the City. (Ord. No. 1071 §1, 10-18-06; Ord. No. 1319 §1, 6-18-08)