New city fireworks law now in effect
LE MARS — The Le Mars Police Department is reminding residents a new law is in place within city limits regarding the discharge of fireworks.
According to the city ordinance, which was approved by city leaders in September of 2019, the discharge of fireworks may only occur between noon and 11 p.m., July 3-5.
This is a more stringent law than that set by the State of Iowa.
The state law allows for discharging for fireworks between June 1 and July 8. The state law further allows fireworks to be discharged on those dates from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. with the exception of the Fourth of July which allows fireworks to be shot from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., as well as on the Saturdays and Sundays preceding and following the holiday.
“We are reminding our citizens that the City of Le Mars now has an ordinance that outlines the lawful discharge of fireworks in the city limits,” said Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte.
“In addition, to the specified dates and times, citizens need to be aware that discharging fireworks from city property is illegal. You may only discharge fireworks from private property,” he continued.
The new ordinance also tightened the time frame for setting off fireworks in December with the new period extending from Dec. 31 through Jan. 2. From noon to 11 p.m., daily, except on Dec. 31, when the time will be extended to 12:30 a.m. on the following day.
While firework sales will begin in the state as early as June 1 and extend through July 8, Vande Vegte is asking everyone to be mindful citizens and respect the new law put into place.
“Please be mindful that what ever you send upwards will come down. Use caution and please clean up the area after you discharge fireworks,” Vande Vegte said. “Reckless or careless use of fireworks will result in a fine or arrest.”