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FIREWORKS REGULATIONS FOR

WEST BURLINGTON

It is the intention of the City Council that citizens be allowed to enjoy the use of Novelty and Consumer Fireworks in a manner that is in best interest of the public safety. Regulations are intended to prevent or limit injuries and/or fires caused by fireworks. We have highlighted some of the regulations to answer the most asked questions when it comes to shooting fireworks in the city of West Burlington.

A complete copy of the new Fireworks Ordinance is available at City Hall and includes regulations and permitting requirements related to the sale of fireworks. Contact Fire Chief Shaun Ryan if you are interested in selling them or have questions regarding the sale of fireworks.

Regulation Highlights...

You CAN shoot fireworks

if you are:

    • able to maintain a minimum distance of 150 feet from any structure or public right-of-wayFor safety reasons, this does limits the use of fireworks to larger lots outside of the main residential area of town.

      AND

    • on your own property or on property where consent has been given to you by the property owner.

 You CAN NOT shoot fireworks If you are:
  • less than 150’ feet from a structure or public right-of-way

  • in an area set aside for special events (Example: City 4th of July Celebration or Des Moines County Fair)

  • located in a Commercial and Industrial zone

  • Under the age of 18 unless you have direct supervision by a parent

 Permitted Dates and Times to shoot fireworks:
  • Fireworks may be discharged on the following dates and times and only when in
    compliance with regulations.
    Permited Dates: July 1 - July 8 and again Dec. 26 - Jan. 3
    Permited Hours: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
    (Time is extended to 11:00 pm on uly 4 and 12:30 am on Dec. 31)

 

Who assumes responsibility

when discharging fireworks?

 The person discharging fireworks assumes all responsibility for its operation and the consequences thereof. No person shall discharge fireworks in a reckless manner or when they are under the influence of alcohol, drug or narcotic.
 

What type of Fireworks are

NOT Permitted?

 
  • Sky latern open flame devises are not permitted within the city limits, except if tethered by a rope and under control by the person discharging it.

  • Consumer Fireworks and Novelty items are NOT permitted in Special Event areas. (Novelty items include: Sparklers, Party Poppers, Snaps, Sky Laterns, Paper Tanks, Ground Bloom Flowers and Snakes )

  • Pyrotechnic devices for professional use (including shells 3” or larger)

 What type of Fireworks are Permitted?  “Consumer Fireworks” as defined by the State Fire Marshal. “Consumer Fireworks” are typically fireworks that are sold at authorized stands in the State of Iowa. Make sure you are purchasing your fireworks from a permitted retailer to avoid violating City Code. Contact the Fire Chief if you have purchased fireworks outside of Iowa as they may not comply with local laws.
  

Violating Fireworks Laws will result in costly fines. Please be safe as you celebrate this year. Remember to keep fireworks away from children and pets, read the instructions carefully and be prepared in case of malfunction or fire. To report violations contact the Police Department.

OPEN BURNING REMINDER

wbfirelogoAs a reminder to West Burlington residents, Open Burning of leaves is only permitted April 1 - April 21 and again October 15 - November 30. During that time, residents may burn on Wednesdays or Saturdays during daylight hours and when wind speed is under 10 mph. No household garbage, garden waste, or grass can be burned. Outdoor cooking fires are permitted in manufactured fire pits designed for that purpose. During permitted dates, leaves can be burned in burn barrels or on a concrete pad. A permit is required for a burn barrel. Please contact City Hall for more information.

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    FIREWORKS REGULATIONS FOR WEST BURLINGTON It is the intention of the City Council that citizens be allowed to enjoy the use of Novelty and Consumer Fireworks in a manner that is in best interest of the public safety. Regulations are intended to prevent or limit injuries and/or fires caused by...