- Owner of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew in Perryville to open new culinary concept in Cape (9/15/17)3
- Man accused of setting fire to Delta bar; posted photos of it burning on Facebook (9/17/17)5
- McClure man accused of leaving children in hot truck while gambling in casino (9/19/17)1
- How the story of one dog is helping others (9/14/17)1
- New boutique store advocates for special-needs people (9/19/17)
- Retailer may come to Jackson; rezoning needed first (9/17/17)2
- Eyewitnesses testify about fatal shooting; men were using drugs, alcohol (9/14/17)
- Jury finds Harris guilty of murder, 3 other counts (9/15/17)4
- Planet Fitness to anchor Town Plaza shopping center (9/18/17)2
- Mo. conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. (9/15/17)
Practical ideas for regulating fireworks
Jackson is moving closer to stricter regulations for fireworks after careful consideration by the board of aldermen.
Board members seem to be handling the issue well, launching their discussion after a firefighter whose home was burned down by a misdirected bottle rocket asked them to take up the matter.
Because of that 20-cent firework, there is a concrete slab where John Trowbridge's home used to be.
Most admirable is that Cape Girardeau is coordinating its review of fireworks regulations with Jackson so residents won't be tempted to simply pass a city limits sign to buy and use the devices.
Fireworks dealer Richard Hoffman seems to have some good ideas, which he presented to the board this week.
He wants the board to raise the age for buying fireworks to 16 from 14, which means buyers would have to have driver's licenses to present when making a purchase. And eliminate the sale and use of flying rockets, which are most likely to land on roofs and elsewhere and cause a disaster.
These regulations would allow everyone to celebrate but avoid most of the problems.
It isn't too late for residents to weigh in on the matter by contacting their aldermen. The outcome will likely affect how they celebrate America's independence next year.