Fireworks Safety in the City of St. Louis

Keep yourself, your family and pets safe from the dangers of illegal fireworks.

An image of someone lighting fireworks and the text, "Leave Fireworks to the Professionals"

The City of St. Louis Department of Health is reminding City residents that it is not only unsafe, but it is illegal to possess or discharge fireworks within the City limits without a permit.

The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home. Attend public fireworks displays and leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals.


Fireworks Facts

  • The best way to enjoy fireworks and prevent injury is to watch a professional show.
  • Fireworks injure more than 10,000 people each year.
  • Many firework-related injuries are preventable.
  • Safety matters around every type of firework. Even sparklers can reach 1,200 degrees.
  • Watch your children around fireworks! The risk of fireworks injuries for children under 15 is twice as high than the general population.
  • There are two times as many fires reported on Independence Day than on any other day. 50% of those are from fireworks.
  • Fire fighters are overloaded with calls on Independence Day. Give them a break and watch a professional show this year.
  • Don’t forget about your furry friends when things get loud. Find a safe place for them. Use a noise machine or the TV to help keep them calm.

Local Fireworks

The St. Louis City downtown fireworks are back for 2021. If you intend to gather to watch the fireworks show outdoors, please follow current guidance from the CDC. If you plan to take public transportation downtown, please remember that face masks are required on buses and the MetroLink.

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From the Fire Department

Pets and Fireworks

We love having our four-legged companions share in the celebration, but loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets. Keep your best friend safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.

It is best to never use fireworks around pets. Aside from causing anxiety, exposure to lit fireworks can result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws. Unused fireworks can also pose a danger. Fireworks can contain potentially toxic elements, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.

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