Area communities outline fireworks rules

With Independence Day coming up, people all across Iowa are getting ready to experience fireworks displays, and, in some instances, may be launching their own fireworks.

Following a 2017 change to state law, fireworks are now legal to purchase for the first time since 1938.

Under state law, fireworks may be used from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 1 through July 8. On certain days, the hours they’re allowed are longer.

On July 4, and the Saturdays and Sundays before and after it, fireworks can be used from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., according to the state law.

Fireworks may be sold from June 1 to July 8 from permanent buildings; they may be sold from June 13 to July 8 in temporary structures.

Fireworks must be used on the user’s own property, or on someone’s property who has given permission.

Cities and counties can pass more restrictive ordinances.

Below is a round-up of some area towns and their rules.

Algona

Fireworks are not allowed in Algona.

Badger

Fireworks are not allowed in Badger.

Callender

Fireworks are not allowed in Callender.

Clare

Follows state law.

Clarion

Fireworks can be used from the Friday before July 4 through the Sunday following July 4.

Fireworks can be used from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on those days, but on July 4 they can be used from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Dayton

Follows state law.

Eagle Grove

Use of fireworks is prohibited unless a permit is obtained from the police chief.

Fort Dodge

Fireworks can be used from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 1 -3.

Fireworks can be used from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 4.

No one under the age of 18 can possess or use fireworks without parental supervision.

Fireworks cannot be used in parks or other public areas.

Gowrie

Follows state law.

Harcourt

Follows state law.

Humboldt

Fireworks may be used from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 3.

They can also be used from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4.

Fireworks cannot be used on public property.

Lehigh

Fireworks not allowed without a permit and proof of insurance.

Manson

Follows state law.

Moorland

No fireworks without a permit.

Otho

Fireworks can be used between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. from June 30 to July 8. On July 4, fireworks can be used from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Pocahontas

Follows the state law.

Rockwell City

People must be 18 years-old or older to possess or discharge fireworks.

Fireworks can only be used from noon to 10 p.m. July 1- 8.

Webster City

Fireworks can only be used from 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4.

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