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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 23, 2017

Fairfield City Council sets rules for fireworks

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Jun 30, 2017
Courtesy of: PAUL DELISLE The crowd at Waterworks Park watches the Independence Day fireworks show in 2015. This year’s show Tuesday night will follow the tradition of beginning at dusk, approximately 9:30 p.m. This year marks the first time in nearly 80 years that fireworks are legal to sell to the general public in Iowa.

The Fairfield City Council approved a fireworks ordinance Monday to be carried out before, during and after Independence Day.

“I was the only one who voted no,” councilor John Revolinski said of the ordinance Thursday during an interview. “The contentious point was how long we’re going to allow fireworks to be used in the city.”

Revolinski said that during the first reading of the ordinance, a very “liberal” date was considered that would have started in June and carried on until mid-July that allowed both the sale and use of fireworks in the city.

“I raised the point in the first meeting, to see if people wanted to respond,” he said. “I got several calls where people were concerned about post-traumatic stress [disorder], pets …”

Revolinski said that for all of those reasons, the time permitted should be shortened.

During the third and final reading Monday, Revolinski said the council discussed making the timeframe more restrictive, because July 4 comes on a different day every year.

The ordinance passed, and consumer fireworks can be discharged from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. from June 30 through July 8, and additionally until 11 p.m. July 4.

Fireworks are allowed to be discharged from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 30 through Jan. 2, and additionally until 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1.

In addition to timeframes, the city also has several firework safety requirements, which are as follows:

• Only individuals aged 18 and over may purchase fireworks.

• Only shoot fireworks on you property where permission has been given.

• Fireworks are not permitted on public property, which includes the right-of-way (i.e. street, sidewalks and parks).

• Individuals under the age of 17 may only shoot fireworks under direct adult supervision.

• Persons intoxicated or impaired may not discharge fireworks.

• Keep a distance of 20 feet from buildings or people when lighting fireworks.

• Persons are liable for all fireworks on their property and in their possession, those they discharge and those discharged by others.

• Do not alter, remove or handle powder from fireworks. Never disassemble fireworks.

• Violating fireworks laws will result in costly fines.

For more information, contact city hall at 472-6193.

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