Missouri measure allows county bans on burning

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri counties will be allowed to approve ordinances enacting burn bans when the state fire marshal determines doing so would be appropriate.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law broad legislation that included the burn ban issue.

Burn bans approved by counties could carry a penalty of up to one year in jail for any violations. Burn bans also could prohibit use of skyrockets and missiles but not other consumer fireworks.

Republican House member Donna Lichtenegger, of Jackson, sponsored the legislation. She says allowing county officials to enforce a ban on burning is an important safety step — particularly during droughts.

The legislation takes effect Aug. 28.

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