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Mason City police remind that firework use in the city is strictly controlled

MASON CITY – The Mason City Police Department is working to educate our community about the legal use of consumer fireworks in Mason City.

The City Council made changes to the city ordinance 8-3-8 that allows for fireworks to be legally used from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on July 3 and July 4. These are the only times that consumer fireworks are approved for use inside the city limits. Use of fireworks is prohibited at all times on public property, in city parks, on school property, and within 200 yards of hospitals, hospice facilities, or nursing homes.

Use of fireworks outside of the approved dates/times or in prohibited places is a violation of the ordinance. Violators will be cited on a municipal infraction that carries a fine of $250 plus court costs.

MCPD wants to encourage residents to be compliant with the city ordinance governing consumer fireworks. Be a good neighbor by using fireworks on approved dates/times, by cleaning up after using fireworks, and by insuring that fireworks are used in a safe manner. We want everyone to enjoy celebrating our country’s independence in a way that helps to build community.

Included with this press release is additional information about dates/times for legal fireworks use and a map that shows where fireworks use is prohibited in Mason City. Please feel free to share this information to help us get the word out about the changes to the ordinance and the penalties for those who choose not to comply.

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