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What to Know About Fireworks Regulations in Iowa this Fourth of July

If you’re considering putting on your own fireworks display this Fourth of July, it’s best to go over Iowa’s fireworks regulations first to learn all you’ll need to know to stay above the law this holiday. Continue reading to discover where fireworks are sold, where you can set them off, and which cities allow fireworks in Iowa. If you have any further questions regarding the legality of fireworks in your area, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced criminal law firm if you require legal assistance. We would be happy to assist you.

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When can I purchase fireworks in Iowa?

Starting June 1st, you can purchase fireworks in Iowa until July 8th in a permanent building. From June 13th to July 8th, temporary structures and tents can sell fireworks. It is also possible to purchase fireworks during a short period leading up to the new year celebrations.

When can I set off my fireworks?

You can set off fireworks from 9 in the morning to 10 at night from June 1st to July 8th. However, for this upcoming holiday, you can set off fireworks until 11 pm on July 4th and the immediately preceding and following weekends of the 4th of July. You can also look forward to setting off fireworks from December 10th through January 3rd.

It is important to understand that regulations regarding recreational fireworks can vary depending on the city you plan to use fireworks. Some cities may even ban the use of consumer fireworks altogether.

What penalties will occur if I break the rules?

Violating fireworks regulations in your city can be punishable by fines ranging from $100 to $650 depending on where your fireworks are set off and the city’s regulations.

Which cities in Iowa allow fireworks?

The following cities in Iowa allow fireworks:

  • Ankeny: July 4, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Bondurant: July 3, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; July 4, from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Carlisle: July 1-4, from 12 p.m to 11 p.m.
  • Grimes: July 1-8, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on July 4th)
  • Indianola: July 3-5, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m (11 p.m. on July 4th)
  • Norwalk: July 1-8, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Pleasant Hill: July 4, from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Waukee: July 3-4, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The following cities prohibit fireworks:

  • Altoona
  • Ames
  • Clive
  • Des Moines
  • Johnston
  • Urbandale
  • West Des Moines
  • Windsor Heights

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