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Fireworks sales season ends Saturday, July 8 safe storage and transport encouraged



This news story was published on July 7, 2017.
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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:

  • Do not store fireworks in a home, or any place where people live and sleep.  A locked storage shed, away from the home, is a safer option.
  • Keep all stored fireworks away from open flames, fireplaces, stoves, or near any flammable material.
  • Clearly mark all containers to show that the box contains fireworks.
  • Leave the fireworks in the original packaging, which includes directions for use and an expiration date.
  • Do not put the fireworks in a cardboard or paper container.  Instead, use a plastic or metal container with a secure lid.
  • Do not store fireworks in the open.  They can be damaged, or they can be misused by children or others who could be put at risk.  Store the fireworks in a secure area.
  • Keep stored fireworks dry, in order to protect their properties.
  • Keep stored fireworks away from children.
  • Do not store fireworks near an exit that might be used to escape from a fire.
  • Keep an operational fire extinguisher near the stored 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:

  • Transport fireworks in a spark-proof container, such as a plastic container.
  • Do not store fireworks in direct sunlight.
  • Never, ever light a firework in or near a vehicle.
  • Do not store fireworks in a hot car.
  • Never, ever smoke near fireworks, or while handling fireworks.
  • Do not keep fireworks within reach of children in a vehicle.
  • Airlines and public transportation vehicles do not allow passengers to carry fireworks.

Federal regulations also apply to the transportation of larger quantities of consumer fireworks:
https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/PHMSA/DownloadableFiles/Hazmat/Consumer_Advisory_Safety_Ltr.pdf

Additional information about storage of consumer fireworks is online, through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): 
http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/news-and-research/resources/research-foundation/pyrotechnicsliteraturereview.pdf?la=en

Safety issues also are addressed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives:
https://www.atf.gov/explosives/fireworks-safety-and-security

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.

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10 Responses to Fireworks sales season ends Saturday, July 8 safe storage and transport encouraged

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 8, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    You know that 40 million settlement the state of Iowa received from the tobacco companies to pay for smoking treatments -bad lungs and such – yup! you guessed it – that money was used for the increase in teachers salaries and benefits – money was to be paid back to tobacco health fund in what 2 years – guess what? yep you guessed it – just passed some bill that gives no set date for pay back – would you call that some kind of theft? Look it up sucker.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 8, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Corporate law . No dingy dingy until we come back . Same as car dealer law in Iowa – big boys don’t want to be open on Sundays so NO one can be open on Sundays – and you thought the pope passed that law. Quit drinking the kool aid and watching cnn.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 10, 2017 at 1:15 am

      What do your comments have to do with fireworks?

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 7, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    If it feels good, do it. Screw all the local ordinances

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 8, 2017 at 7:26 am

      Something a hater would say. America is under domestic attack on our freedom with this anti “law and order” agenda by the Progressive loons that are out to undermine all of us.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 8, 2017 at 5:49 pm

        Anti law and order? Our freedom came from guys who didn’t want to follow the laws. I respect our law enforcement officers but why the hell can’t I light some fireworks on our day of independence? Because some old hags dog is scared? Seems like I don’t have much freedom then.

        • LVS Reply Report comment

          July 9, 2017 at 8:57 am

          And, what about her freedom, what about the dog’s freedom. Pretty selfish on your part. Mus be a Damocrat.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 9, 2017 at 8:59 am

          And, what about her freedom, what about the dog’s freedom. Pretty selfish on your part. Mus be a Damocrat.

          • Anonymous

            July 9, 2017 at 9:14 am

            what an idiotic statement, they both have freedom of expression. So shut your trap and seek out a reasonable agreement. That is the answer. Tolerance people, cut down on your sugar and caffeine intake, and relax

          • Anonymous

            July 9, 2017 at 3:12 pm

            Just ban all fireworks. We are entitled to quite in our own homes and in our parks.