As he stated just seconds after the bill was passed, Wentzville Mayor Nick Guiccione vetoed the new ordinance allowing a five-hour window of legal fireworks use on the Fourth of July.
The ordinance passed 4-1, with one alderman absent.
In his veto, Guccione detailed his objections in six points:
- Safety issues
- Trash and litter
- Confusion among residents as to when fireworks are legal and when they are not
- Not enough time before this year’s Fourth of July to educate the residents
- Communication from residents that they oppose the use of fireworks
The ordinance will now come back to the board of aldermen, who can override the mayor’s veto with a 2/3 vote. If the full board is present, past objectors to the bill, Aldermen Matt Swanson and Linda Wright, will not prevail unless one of the aldermen who voted in the affirmative changes his or her vote.