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Citys remind about fireworks ordinances

Fireworks are launched from the First Avenue Bridge over the Cedar River during the Freedom Festival celebration in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Fireworks are launched from the First Avenue Bridge over the Cedar River during the Freedom Festival celebration in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

As firework tents begin to pop up around the state, city officials in Washington and Mt. Pleasant remind the public that launching the fireworks comes with time limitations.

In May 2017, the Iowa State Legislature lifted a ban on the selling of fireworks, which led many cities, like Washington and Mt. Pleasant, to put ordinances into action. In September 2017, the Washington City Council created an adaptation to the original ordinance that states residents may launch fireworks on July 3, July 4 and on Dec. 31 beginning at 9 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. New Year’s Day.

In Mt. Pleasant, fireworks are legal to be shot off from June 1-July 8 from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. An exception is granted on Thursday, July 4, and the Saturday and Sunday immediately following, July 6 and 7, in which case fireworks are legal from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Both municipalities reported no injuries or serious problems with ordinances last year. Anyone with questions or to report an incident is encouraged to call the police department in their area.