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Fireworks Tent Regulations in Southwest Missouri |  KSNF/CODE

Fireworks Tent Regulations in Southwest Missouri | KSNF/CODE

Fireworks Tent Regulations in Southwest Missouri |  KSNF/CODE

JOPLIN, Mo. — We’re two weeks away from the Fourth of July, and you’ve probably seen tents around town set up to sell fireworks. But have you ever wondered what it’s like to drive one of them?

A symbol of the holiday that is about to be sold in tents on almost every street corner here in southwest Missouri. So, we caught up with Joplin Fire Marshal Dale Brooks about what goes into running one of them.


“I guess anyone could do it, but you still have a process to go through – and we take those applications, we go out and look at the sites, we make sure the site is going to be enforceable to meet the adopted codes,” said Dale Brooks, fire commissioner Joplin.

Locals reportedly had until June 1 to register for an operating permit and tent permit, which each cost around $100 to obtain and are absolutely necessary to operate a legal fireworks stand. Booth participants must also be able to provide customers with proof of bond or liability insurance.

“I think we currently have 14 sites that want to sell fireworks – so we’ll look at those on Sunday the 30th and try to get them ready to go and they can start selling at midnight on the 30th if they want to Brooks said.

Brooks also wants to remind locals what products are and aren’t allowed.

“No glass flares — and um, none of the lanterns are allowed in the city limits,” Brooks said.

Fireworks can be sold starting July 1 in the Joplin area.