July 18, 2024

Have a blast, safely

In 2023, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 9,700 estimated injuries involving fireworks in the U.S.

With the Fourth of July next week, it’s important to take a moment to review some of the local laws and ordinances for fireworks to stay safe on what should be a fun event.

Fireworks in the US are classified as either consumer fireworks or display fireworks. Consumer fireworks are also known as 1.4G or Class C fireworks. Display fireworks are also known as 1.3G or Class B fireworks. Consumer fireworks can be used by the general public, while display fireworks require a permit and are used by trained professional during public shows.

Creston limits the general public for the release of consumer fireworks at all hours except from the days of July 2 through July 5 and only between the hours of 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Iowa state law regarding fireworks states the following...

All consumer fireworks must be discharged on real property owned by the person operating, or with the consent of the owner of the real property. Those under the influence of drugs or intoxicated cannot discharge fireworks. Reckless discharge or modifications to fireworks are unlawful.

Children under the age of 18 are unable to discharge fireworks without the supervision of a parent. Sparklers, snakes, caps and other novelties are allowed as long as all trash is disposed properly.

Businesses including city agencies, fair associations, amusement parks, or any business approved by city authorities can obtain a permit for the discharge of display fireworks. Evidence of insurance must be provided as well as proof the fireworks will be handled by a competent operator as defined by Iowa state law. This is the only way to use display fireworks.

In Creston, those who violate the policies will be seen as guilty of a scheduled simple misdemeanor, and include a penalty of $250 per violation and all fireworks confiscated or destroyed.

Here are some other rules and ordiances for surrounding areas...

Afton allows fireworks from July 3-5 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aerial shell kits and reloadable tubes are banned.

Corning allows fireworks from July 3-5 to be discharged from 12 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Lenox allows fireworks to be discharged from July 1-5 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. These hours are extended to 11 p.m. on July 4 only.

Mount Ayr, Murray, Stuart and Tingley list consumer fireworks as unlawful to discharge within the city, with only display fireworks allowed after granted permits.

Nick Pauly

News Reporter for Creston News Advertiser. Raised and matured in the state of Iowa, Nick Pauly developed a love for all forms of media, from books and movies to emerging forms of media such as video games and livestreaming.