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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Chief Chat: Celebrating the Fourth of July safely

  • As you know, the country is celebrating Independence Day this week, and the Rolla community is following suit. Traditionally part of the celebration involves the use of fireworks over this period.
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  • As you know, the country is celebrating Independence Day this week, and the Rolla community is following suit. Traditionally part of the celebration involves the use of fireworks over this period.
    If you and your family decide to take part in this activity please use caution and a little bit of common sense. Parents should monitor all fireworks use and be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions when discharging the product.
    City ordinance under Section 14-2 of the Rolla City Code states that any individual or organization may discharge fireworks, without a permit, from July 1 to July 5 only. The discharge of fireworks during any other day of the year is prohibited.
    Please also remember that fireworks may not be discharged between the hours of midnight and 8 a.m., and no fireworks shall be discharged within 50 feet of any stand, booth or other location where fireworks are being sold.
    It is also unlawful for anyone to discharge fireworks in city parks any day throughout the year (Section 31-1, Rolla City Code).
    Another Fourth of July tradition is the annual Rolla Lions Club carnival. This carnival has become one of the premier carnivals in the area and is attended each year by thousands of participants who enjoy the rides, games and, of course, the outstanding fireworks display that seems to get better each year. This year the 79th Annual Rolla Lions Club Carnival began Wednesday, July 2, and will end Saturday, July 5.
    The Rolla Police Department and the City of Rolla Fire and Rescue have been on site with the Homeland Security Mobile Command Post that is used to provide dispatch services in the event of an injury or mishap at the park.
    Officers are also patrolling the site so if you need assistance or need to report unsafe activity, please contact them.
    And please remember that traffic congestion in the area is extremely high during the carnival and motorists need to use caution when traveling in or near the Lions Club Park. Members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department have been assisting the RPD with traffic control.
    Last week we said farewell to one of our Rolla Police Department family members with the announcement of Telecommunicator Amanda Jones resignation, and this week we welcome back a former Rolla police member, well sort of.
    With the successful completion of the Missouri State Highway Patrol academy, Trooper Roberto Rizo will be returning to Troop I for his first assignment. Roberto is a former Rolla police officer and served here in Rolla before applying with the MSHP.
    We wish Amanda and Roberto the best with their new career challenges.
    Have a great week!

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