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story.lead_photo.caption Fireworks sales outside the city limits of Jefferson are able to start Sunday. In the west part of the county, HOB in Apache Flats will be selling fireworks, as will other local operators from roadside tents and Bax Fireworks in Brazito. Photo by Julie Smith / News Tribune.

With Independence Day just two weeks away, Jefferson City Fire Department officials are reminding residents of safety rules regarding fireworks.

"This year, dry weather conditions are of particular concern for fire officials," according to a JCFD news release. "When they land, fireworks and sky lanterns can cause fires that result in damage to homes and property and could put lives at risk."

Not only is there an ordinance prohibiting private discharge of fireworks in Jefferson City limit, but fireworks sales also are not allowed in city limits.

Sunday is the first day this year that fireworks sales are allowed in Missouri. Sales may continue through July 10.

"We ask residents to come down to the Salute to America event on July 4 to enjoy the fireworks display," JCFD spokesman Jason Turner said. "Those found to be shooting off fireworks in the city limits can be given a citation."

Fireworks businesses and the Cole County Sheriff's Department are asking people to remember rules for shooting off fireworks outside city limits.

Aside from two times a year — July 4 and New Year's Eve — a county ordinance requires that discharge of fireworks in unincorporated areas happen 9 a.m.-11 p.m. There is no 11 p.m. enforcement July 4 and Dec. 31, when fireworks may be discharged until 1 a.m.

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