DES MOINES – The sales period for the retail sales of consumer fireworks will end at midnight on July 8, 2017. Consumer fireworks can again be sold starting December 10 through January 3, but only from permanent buildings.
Iowa law sets safety standards for the sale of fireworks. The use of fireworks is subject to the authority of the local city or county jurisdiction.
State Fire Marshal Jeff Quigle continues to urge everyone to think Safety First when it comes to fireworks, including storage of unused fireworks. “Remember that these fireworks are made from black powder (gunpowder) and they can explode or burn.”
The State Fire Marshal makes several recommendations for storing small quantities of consumer fireworks:
Federal standards limit the shipment of large quantities of fireworks: https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/PHMSA/DownloadableFiles/Files/Safety_Guidance_for_Shipping_Consumer_Fireworks.pdf
The State Fire Marshal also makes several recommendations for transportation of small quantities of consumer fireworks:
Federal regulations also apply to the transportation of larger quantities of consumer fireworks:
Additional information about storage of consumer fireworks is online, through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
Safety issues also are addressed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives:
Other safety information is available on the State Fire Marshal’s website: http://www.dps.state.ia.us/fm/building/licensing/consumerfireworksindex.shtml
Consumer fireworks include such things as roman candles, bottle rockets, firecrackers, and ground spinners. Previously, the only fireworks that were legal in Iowa were novelties such as sparklers, caps and snakes. Iowa joins 43 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing the sale of consumer fireworks.
Display fireworks are the pyrotechnics that municipalities and businesses use for large-scale public displays – require licensed operators to discharge the fireworks show. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms regulates the use of display fireworks. City and county officials also may restrict or prohibit the use of display fireworks.