I don’t know about you, but I tend to dread a day that ought to be a joyful occasion—the Fourth of July. Why do I dread it? Because of all the people in my town (St. Louis) who ignore the law and shoot off fireworks. Yes, possessing and/or setting off fireworks is illegal in the city of St. Louis, and you can be fined anywhere from $100-$500 for doing so—-but you’d never guess that on the evening of the 3rd and early morning hours of the 4th:
St. Louis City Ordinance #65824
NOTE: If you live in/work for a municipality that needs an influx of cash (and has banned fireworks), suggest that your police force actually write tickets for fireworks violations. I think St. Louis could probably ditch the earnings tax if they would only write tickets for easy-to-spot violations of our fireworks ordinance!