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Fireworks Update

Posted: June 12, 2019

In 2017, the Iowa Legislature amended the Iowa Code to allow for the sale and use of consumer fireworks and novelties within the State of Iowa.

Cities may, however, ban the use of these types of fireworks within the city limits by city code.

The use of consumer fireworks and novelties within Adel’s city limits is prohibited by ordinance.

In certain cases, the Adel City Council may grant a permit for the use or explosion of display fireworks. Display fireworks are differentiated from consumer fireworks and novelties under Iowa law.

An organization interested in a display permit must provide evidence that the display fireworks will be handled by a competent operator and obtain insurance as required by the City Code.

Regarding the sale of consumer fireworks or novelties, licensed sellers with the State may sell these types of fireworks within City limits. If sellers are operating out of anything other than a permanent building, they must obtain a transient merchant permit at Adel City Hall.

Please have a safe and happy 4th!