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Local Ordinance Banning Fireworks Adopted 30 Years Ago

Post Date:05/11/2017 4:00 PM
Before Ames residents start stockpiling bottle rockets and planning a fireworks extravaganza, they should be aware of local restrictions. Recent State of Iowa legislation legalizing fireworks allows municipalities to opt out by creating local ordinances within city limits. The City of Ames enacted an ordinance in 1987 banning the use of fireworks within city limits, which means local restrictions are already in place.


“Section 17.6 of the Ames Municipal Code bans shooting off or exploding fireworks without a permit,” said Assistant City Attorney Mark Lambert. “So that means people outside of – but not within – Ames city limits can start lighting their fuses. But we can certainly enjoy watching them.”


The new State of Iowa legislation allows fireworks sales from June 1 to July 8, and from December 10 through January 3. Some Ames businesses may sell fireworks beginning June 1. Vendors wanting to sell fireworks in Ames on a temporary basis should contact the City Clerk’s Office for the required permit. Those sales may begin on June 13. It is illegal to sell fireworks to minors, and minors may not purchase fireworks.


Those who are caught exploding fireworks within the city limits could face a simple misdemeanor charge with a minimum fine of $250.
A discussion of the fireworks ordinance will be part of the regularly scheduled May workshop, which begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16. The public is encouraged to attend.



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