Fire and police chiefs stress safety and compliance when it comes to fireworks use over the Fourth of July holiday.
“It’s really about keeping them away from other fireworks, keeping them away from buildings and obviously being smart about where they’re lighting them off at. Away from other people and away from other things that will burn,” Waukee Fire Chief Clint Robinson said of fireworks safety tips.
Fireworks can be shot off in the Waukee City limits from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 3 and 4, a city ordinance said. Any violators will face a fine no less than $250.
A City of Perry ordinance said fireworks can only be shot off inside City limits between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on July 4. All violators of the ordinance will be cited with a $250 fine.
“I really hope that everyone is in compliance so we don’t have to issue any citations,” Perry Police Chief Eric Vaughn said.
As of June 25, Vaughn said the Perry Police Department has not received any complaints from residents about others shooting off fireworks.
Vaughn said City Hall sent out emails with the fireworks ordinance. The Perry Police Department has the ordinance posted on its Facebook page.
Flyers with the ordinance were also given to the area fireworks vendors in Perry. Vaughn said the flyers should be posted on or around the cashier area so those buying fireworks will be aware of the rules.
“Unfortunately, there probably will be some complaints and people that will not comply. But with the information we’re putting out, hopefully we can limit those numbers,” he said.
While it is legal to shoot off fireworks in Perry from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4, Vaughn said it is still illegal to shoot them off in public parks or on public property.
Vaughn also cautioned those using fireworks to be aware where they shoot them off.
“Almost yearly, someone shoots off too close to where other people are sitting or where other children are at,” Vaughn said. “That always becomes a dangerous situation not only because someone could get injured, but someone could get upset. We don’t want an altercation to occur because of the misuse.”
He is hoping that there will be more people compliant with the ordinance after the initial year last year.
Robinson said the fire department did not have any reports of personal injuries or property damage from fireworks use last year. He hopes for more of the same this year, but said it is too early to know how it will play out.
“We wanted to get the word out so people are being safe about it,” Robinson said.
Here is a round-up of other city fireworks ordinances from around the county:
City of Adel: Fireworks use is prohibited inside City limits unless prior approval from the Adel City Council has been given.
City of Perry: The only time consumer fireworks may be used or discharged within Perry City limits is on July 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fireworks may only be used or discharged on the user’s property or on the property of someone who has given permission.
Fireworks may not be used or discharged in public places. Fireworks may not be used or discharged within 200 yards of a senior care facility. Fireworks may only be used or discharged by persons 18 years of age or older.
City of Waukee: A press release from the City reminds residents that the Waukee City Council amended the fireworks ordinance in August 2017 to permit legal fireworks use within the Waukee City limits only on July 3 and 4 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on those respective days. Exploding or discharging consumer fireworks on days/times other than those allowed is punishable by a fine of not less than $250 per violation.
Also, pursuant to state law, a person shall not use, explode or discharge consumer fireworks on real property other than that person’s real property or on the real property of a person who has consented to the use of consumer fireworks on that property. Consumer fireworks cannot be discharged on City property, such as parks, parking lots, sidewalks or streets.