Fireworks rules to be before FD council

Changes in the Fort Dodge rules governing fireworks sales are likely as a result of a court case elsewhere in Iowa.

City Manager David Fierke said Friday that it appears likely that the courts will strike down some of the power that Iowa cities have to regulate fireworks sales. As a result, he’s recommending that the City Council be proactive and scrap some things that the courts seem likely to rule against.

A proposal to be presented to the City Council Monday would eliminate the city’s requirements that fireworks vendors buy a business license and carry extra insurance.

Fierke said the fireworks vendors would still have to comply with fire safety rules, building codes and zoning requirements.

The City Council will discuss the changes during a workshop session to begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S.

The council will consider the first reading of the proposed changes during its business meeting to begin at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building.