The Wentzville Board of Aldermen voted Wednesday night to allow the use of personal fireworks on the Fourth of July from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
But residents should wait before they start planning their Independence Day pyrotechnics, because there is a chance that the ordinance might never go into effect.
Over the last few weeks, the city has polled its residents through online surveys and phone calls to determine public opinion, but those results showed an almost even split between those would wanted to see fireworks allowed and those who wanted to maintain the ban.
Alderman Michael Rhoades said that the city should emphasize that even though fireworks would be allowed during the five-hour window, city ordinances prohibiting fireworks would be strictly enforced outside of that time frame.
“It’s important to point out that if it doesn’t work, it can be changed next year,” Rhoades said. “We won’t know until we try it.”
The board did vote to try it, by a vote of 4-1. Alderman Matt Swanson was the single nay vote. Alderman Linda Wright, who spoke out at an earlier meeting against allowing fireworks, was absent.
Mayor Nick Guccione immediately announced that he would veto the ordinance, and the board moved on to other business.
According to the city’s municipal code, the mayor can return the ordinance to the board with his objections. However, if two-thirds of the board votes to override his veto, the ordinance will go into effect.
If the bill does become law, it includes a provision that the five-hour fireworks window could be cancelled in the case of a draught.