On May 9, Former Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law a new fireworks bill which allows the sale and use of consumer fireworks in Iowa during certain times of the year. The new law went into effect statewide on June 1.
After much consideration, the Waukee City Council voted to pass an ordinance which allows the use of consumer fireworks within Waukee city limits June 30-July 8 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. on weekdays (including Fridays), and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4, Saturdays and Sundays. Consumer fireworks usage may also be allowed within the city limits from December 31 at 12 p.m. to January 1 at 12:30 a.m. Per 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. Sidewalks, the right-of-way between sidewalks and the street, and the City streets are all public property and thus are prohibited. Parks, trails, public parking lots and so on are also off limits.
The sale of fireworks within the City of Waukee will be allowed only in M-1 and M-1A Industrial Zoning Districts. Retail stores however, would continue to be allowed to sell fireworks that are classified as second class consumer fireworks as long as the sales space represents less than 50 percent of the retail floor space. As it pertains to fireworks sales within temporary structures, such uses would also be allowed only in the M-1 and M-1A zoning districts. Any such use would also require site plan review and approval by the City Council and a minimum separation of 100 feet from the nearest permanent structure.
Click here to review the full City ordinance.
The Waukee Police Department will be enforcing these measures, and those in violation could receive a fine of no less than $250 per violation. Waukee residents are encouraged to practice safe fireworks handling and to be good neighbors as they decide when and how often to use their fireworks.