Heat, Dry Conditions Force Several Missouri Towns to Cancel Fireworks Shows
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Local fireworks displays are falling victim to the ongoing drought and extreme heat.
You can now add Chesterfield, J.B. Bridge, and Eureka to the list of communities cancelling their Fourth of July fireworks shows.
Arnold, Salem, Farmington, and Dexter in Missouri, as well as Columbia, Illinois are cancelling their Fourth of July firework displays. Six Flags St. Louis has announced the cancellation of their fireworks as well, citing the same reasons; drought and heat. Manchester is postponing its show until August 3rd, and Pacific, Mo. announced it’s moving its show from Sunday to July 14th.
Earlier this week, officials in Kirkwoord tossed around the idea of canceling their display, but have not at this time. The heat, however has prompted Kirkwood city officials to cut back on municipal water usage, and they’re asking residents to use restraint when watering their lawns or gardens.
While larger Missouri cities such as St. Louis and Kansas City routinely ban backyard fireworks, several more cities are doing the same this year because of the fire risk. Those cities include New Madrid, Matthews, Bloomfield, Advance, Bell City, Essex, Bertrand and Fair Grove.
The St. Charles County Parks Department has issued a fire ban at parks with camping facilities. These fire restrictions are in place to ensure the safety of all park guests.