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City of West Plains Independence Day reminders

Sunday is Independence Day, and many West Plains residents have celebratory plans, ranging from family picnics to a night out. The West Plains Police Departments wants to remind those celebrating with adult beverages not to get behind the wheel, and to designate a sober driver to get home safely.

West Plains Police also want to remind residents of the city’s firework laws:

Sec. 20-44, Discharge of fireworks states, “No individual or organization may discharge fireworks as herein defined, without a permit. Discharging of display fireworks (as defined in the RSMo 320.106.1) will need to be approved by city council, no later than the June council meeting of said year. All state and local applications, permits, and inspections must be completed as well. (RSMo 320.126.1)

Section 28-77,  Rockets, Missiles and Projectiles states, “No person shall construct, use, discharge, fire, launch or explode rockets, missiles or other similar projectiles within the city unless a written permit for such specific purpose has been obtained from City Council.”

The full ordinances pertaining to fireworks is located in the city code book under the Government section of the city website.

“It is important for parents to educate their children on the ordinance and the hazards of improper firework use,” said West Plains Police Chief Stephen Monticelli. “Officers will be given discretion on how to treat violations of the ordinance, which could include written warnings, citations, and/or the confiscation and destruction of the fireworks.”


West Plains City Hall and other city offices will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day. Trash routes for Monday, July 5, will be picked up on Tuesday, July 6. No other routes will be affected that week.

The City’s Solid Waste Transfer Station and Recycle center will be closed on July 5and reopen July 6.

The West Plains Police Department and City of West Plains wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday.

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