Fireworks are a very popular tradition surrounding the 4th of July holiday, whether that be professional, community or personal firework displays. Laws about the usage of fireworks can vary from county to county and city to city.

Missouri permits all types of consumer fireworks be sold during the two selling seasons, which is June 20-July 10 and December 20-January 2.

However, fireworks cannot be set off within 100 feet of any place where fireworks are sold or stored, within 300 feet of any gas station, or within 600 feet of any church, hospital, mental health facility or school. There are other restriction depending on the county in which you reside.

In Illinois, personal fireworks are prohibited unless allowed by local ordinance and may require a permit first.

Safety is the biggest concern as nearly 18,000 fires were started because of fireworks in 2011 alone. Some tips for safety includes only using fireworks outside, having a 5-gallon bucket of water in case of a fire, were safety goggles, read instruction pertaining to the fireworks, and don't use homemade fireworks.

For more information on fireworks laws check your municipality's website for more information.

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