Iowa’s New Fireworks Law Explained

IOWA’S NEW FIREWORKS LAW

Today, May 9, 2017, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is expected to sign Iowa Senate File 489  – permitting the sale and use of consumer fireworks in Iowa – into law. The law, like Missouri’s, is not an outright legalization of all fireworks all the time. In fact, the law has some pretty significant restrictions on the use of fireworks. Let’s go through the bams and booms of the law:

 RESTRICTIONS

Time of Year – Fireworks can only be sold and used during the following days:

  • June 1 – July 8
  • December 10 – January 3

Time of Day – Fireworks can only be used during the following time periods on the previously noted days:

  • 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. except –
    • 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. on July 4th and the Saturdays and Sundays immediately preceding and following July 4th
    • 9:00 A.M. December 31 – 12:30 A.M. January 1st
    • 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. the Saturdays and Sundays immediately preceding and following December 31 (Uh Oh Christmas!)

LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL RESTRICTIONS

County – County Boards of Supervisors can pass resolutions or ordinances limiting or prohibiting fireworks if the find they constitute any of the following:

  1. Threat to Public Safety
  2. Threat to Public Property
  3. A Nuisance

City/Municipal – A City Council may pass a resolution or ordinance limiting or prohibiting fireworks solely at their own discretion.

PENALTIES

All direct violations of the fireworks laws are simple misdemeanors punishable by no less than a $250 fine. The law also prohibits jail time if you merely used fireworks on a day or at a time not authorized. However, if you use them and your city or county has limited them, it is possible to get up to 30 days in jail. The same is true if you sell them without a license or permit.

If you are interested in becoming a licensed fireworks dealer, the law set forth the requirements for obtaining your license through the State Fire Marshall’s Office. Click the link to get more information.

There isn’t much more to it. June 1st is less than a month a way so look out for the pop up fireworks tents in your local grocers parking lot! If you would like more information on Iowa’s new fireworks law do not hesitate to contact us at Stowers & Sarcone, PLC 515-224-7446!

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