With its five-hour window of legal fireworks use now in its second year, Wentzville will address citizen complaints and discuss any potential changes to the ordinance at its regular meeting Wednesday, July 13.
The Wentzville Board of Aldermen voted last June to allow residents to legally use personal fireworks from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the Fourth of July. Mayor Nick Guccione originally vetoed the ordinance after it was passed by the board of aldermen, but he later rescinded the veto.
“I believe fireworks pose a real concern, but in the spirit of compromise, I will rescind my veto so we can truly get a measure of the way our residents feel,” Guccione said.
According to city documents, between June 1 and July 5 of 2015, Wentzville Police received 117 calls about fireworks, which resulted in 57 summonses being issued to violators.
For the same period in 2016, police received 245 calls, more than twice the previous year. Those calls resulted in 66 summonses being issued.
Among the comments and complaints the city received this year were:
- “Our subdivision sounded like a war zone starting at 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. yesterday, July 4th. Huge fireworks were set off and debris fell on our homes and vehicle in our driveways. I would like to suggest that our Mayor and city council reconsider the legalization of fireworks within city limits. I think people went too far with the liberty to shoot fireworks. Please reconsider.”
- “Fireworks started on Thursday, June 28 and ran through July 4 at 12 a.m. at all hours of the day and night.”
- “Enforcement has not been consistent of the ordinance; nor should our dedicated police officers have to respond to as many calls as I am sure they do with this issue.”
- “I spent 40 minutes cleaning my yard of the debris . . . only to look up at my roof and see that it was covered . . .”
- “The noise is unbelievable. I am all about enjoying this great holiday but this is wrong on so many levels. Very unhappy in Wentzville.”