Mt. Vernon Register-News

May 27, 2010

Our View: Make sure to get permit for fireworks

MT. VERNON — Even though some fireworks are legal in Illinois, it might not be widely known that a permit is required to purchase, possess or display them. The Mt. Vernon Fire Department has scheduled consumer fireworks training courses that will allow residents to obtain permits to become legal in time for the Fourth of July holiday.

The training will cover the law pertaining to fireworks as well as city ordinance and the safe handling and display of consumer fireworks. Those who take the course will be tested at the end and must pass with 100 percent accuracy on safety questions and 80 percent on the knowledge of fireworks. Seating will be limited to 18 per class.

The training will be offered at 6:30 p.m. June 2; at 10 a.m. June 5; at 6:30 p.m. June 16; at 10 a.m. June 26; and at 6:30 p.m. June 30. All classes will be held at the Rend Lake MarketPlace and last about an hour or an hour and a half.

Anyone who is interested in attending one of the classes may contact Lt. Donny Hayes at 242-6835 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule training. Anyone attending will need to provide a driver’s license or photo ID card. Those who do not have one of the items will not receive credit for taking the class.

As we head into June, don’t forget to make sure you are legal before proceeding with plans involving fireworks this summer.