Ida Grove council restricts use of fireworks

The Ida Grove City Council approved the second and third readings of the city’s new fireworks ordinance last week. The ordinance, which is now in effect, became official upon publication in this week’s Courier.

The new ordinance sets the permitted days and hours for the use of first-class consumer fireworks as the Saturday before July 4 until the Sunday after July 4. Daily hours of use during that time frame are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the exception of July 4 or any Saturday within the permitted days when the hours will be extended from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fireworks will also be allowed starting at noon on Dec. 31 until 1 a.m. on Jan. 1.

The ordinance also states the mayor, in consultation with the fire chief or other persons, has the authority to suspend the use of fireworks during the above hours, when the mayor determines it is in the public interest to suspend the use of fireworks.

In addition, fireworks may only be detonated on private property where the owner has given permission for their use. Fireworks may not be detonated on public property, including, but not limited to parks, streets and alleys. The ordinance further states it is unlawful to shoot fireworks at public or private property where either the fireworks are still aflame when landing or the fireworks will cause any damage to property upon or after landing.

A violation of the ordinance is a simple misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $250.

The full ordinance is in this week’s Courier under legal notices.