Fireworks sales now allowed in city limits

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

LE MARS — Le Mars Fire-Rescue and Emergency Services Chief David Schipper took time at the June 7 city council meeting to update members on firework sales in city limits.

He said he had already received a couple of calls about fireworks and wanted the council and public to know the rules.

“Fireworks sales are open right now, from June 1 to July 8 in Iowa,” Schipper shared.

“You will see, since the governor signed the fireworks bill recently, which I was opposed to, as were most fire service people and cities, that we can no longer use our zoning ordinances on fireworks sales locations. The time frame for those sales are still June 13 to July 8,” he said.

He continued that he had already had three requests for fireworks tent sales by Hy-Vee, McDonalds/Bomgaars in the grassy area, and by Walmart.

“Greg (Smidt) and I can no longer tell them no,” he said.

“I have met with the tent people and they have agreed to quit selling on July 5. The reason for that is in Le Mars our code says you can discharge fireworks on July 3, 4 and 5 from noon to 11 p.m.,” he continued.

“We will do the fire inspections on these tents to make sure they have the proper aisle spacing, fire extinguishers, and vehicle parking clearance, which we have done in the permanent buildings in the past,” he said. “Now we’re just adding the tent inspections as well.”

Schipper reminded people they can only shoot on their own property or on property they have permission from the owners. That means no discharging of fireworks in the parks or on city streets.

The bill, SF2285, passed the Senate 31-17 and the House 56-37, on party-line votes in March. The bill relates to the zoning by counties and cities for the sale of consumer fireworks.

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