Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor
Iowa lawmakers made the sale and discharge of consumer fireworks legal in the state of Iowa last year. Local officials and fireworks vendors hope residents enjoy the Fourth of July activity of lighting fireworks responsibly. This year, the Rock Rapids City Council amended the ordinance relating to fireworks by limiting the number of days fireworks can be discharged.
“We shortened the window from 24 days to 9 days to minimize the amount of noise that causes discomfort or annoyance, especially to young children, elderly and pets,” explained Jordan Kordahl, city administrator.
Fireworks can be discharged June 29 through July 7 from the hours of 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. The discharge hours are extended to 11 p.m. on July 4 only.
“This does not mean people can’t buy and shoot fireworks prior to those dates, they just can’t shoot them off in town outside of those dates and times,” said Rock Rapids mayor Jason Chase.