On May 9, then-Gov. Terry Branstad signed legislation legalizing the possession, sale and use of consumer-grade fireworks in Iowa. But that legislation allows city councils to prohibit or limit the use of those fireworks by enacting ordinances.
In Story City, the use of consumer-grade fireworks is prohibited within the city limits. The Story City City Council voted on June 19 to enact an ordinance disallowing the use of DOT 1.4 class fireworks and waived additional readings of the ordinance to have it effective by the July Fourth holiday.
In Roland, the use of consumer-grade fireworks will be allowed on certain days and during certain hours over the Independence Day holiday.
In Roland, from dawn until 11 p.m. on July 3, 4 and 5, use of these fireworks will be legal, according to an ordinance the Roland City Council approved June 21.
Fireworks in Roland are allowed only on personal property or by permission of the property owner. People using the fireworks must be 18 years of age or older, unless supervised by a parent.
At its meeting on June 22, the Hamilton County Conservation Board agreed to keep its current policy prohibiting the use of consumer-grade fireworks in county parks and conservation managed lands, including Little Wall Lake.
In both communities and the park, individuals are allowed to use novelties, including party poppers, snappers, toy smoke devices, snakes, glow worms, dipped sticks and wire sparklers.