7:57 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Using fireworks sales to give back to Boonville ... with a bang

Boonville's Fireworks For Life aims to raise money for the community through fireworks sales.
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Fireworks for Life is an organization based out of Boonville that aims to give back to the community through the sale of fireworks.

Jim Edwards, founder of the organization, has been in the fireworks business for nearly his entire life. 7 years ago, his son needed a liver transplant that would cost $30,000. The local community came together and rose over $25,000 to help alleviate the burden and contributed to a successful operation. That's when Edwards came up with the idea to use his fireworks stand to help raise money for the community as a way to pay it forward.

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7:24 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Mo. fire marshal advises caution with fireworks

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The Missouri fire marshal's office is urging people to be cautious with fireworks, saying that people should light only one at a time and keep water nearby.

Sales of fireworks by licensed seasonal retailers in Missouri began last week and continue through July 9.

State Fire Marshal Randy Cole said the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch public displays by trained professionals.

Cole's office recommended that anyone drinking alcohol avoid handling fireworks and consider giving the duties to a "designated shooter."

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5:21 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Columbia Council outlaws possession of fireworks

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It’s now against the law to possess fireworks within the city of Columbia. City Council members voted Monday night to amend the city code, making it easier for police to enforce fireworks restrictions. Owner of Bob’s Fireworks, Bob Gereau says the change could hurt his business since many of his customers live in Columbia.

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8:49 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Fireworks could soon be banned in Columbia

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The Columbia City Council is considering a ban on possessing fireworks within the city limits.

The proposed law would make possession of fireworks a misdemeanor. The existing law prohibits the sale, manufacture and use of fireworks inside the city.

Columbia Police Sergeant Jill Schlude says existing laws restrict officers’ ability to respond to complaints. Shooting usually stops before they arrive.

“It just became a real issue – that enforcement was close to impossible based on the current language,” Schlude says.

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8:30 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Columbia and Jefferson City fireworks shows expected to go on as planned

Fireworks on the Fourth of July
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There will still be fireworks displays in Columbia and Jefferson City today, despite exceptionally dry conditions lately.

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4:14 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Fire in Mark Twain forest underscores Mo. heat threat

Fire concerns are widening in southeast Missouri as crews battle a 550-acre blaze in the Mark Twain National Forest.

Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday ordered the Missouri National Guard to get ready to assist with firefighting efforts. The fire broke out Thursday in a section of the 1.5-million-acre forest located in Iron County, and the governor's office says about 2,000 additional acres are at risk.

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