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Ankeny City Council Approves New Fireworks Ordinances

Post Date:06/06/2017 4:55 PM

The Ankeny City Council approved two new ordinances on the use and sale of fireworks during the regular council meeting on Monday night. The new ordinances are in response to the new state fireworks legalization bill allowing the sale and use of fireworks that went into effect June 1.

The new ordinance allows residents to use first and second class consumer fireworks within the city limits on July 4 from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. See Ordinance 1916 for full details. Per state law, a person shall not use, explode or discharge consumer fireworks on real property other than that person’s real property or on the real property of a person who has consented to the use of consumer fireworks on that property. Use of fireworks on any public property is prohibited unless a permit is issued. Residents are asked to be courteous to their neighbors and to use good judgment when igniting fireworks.

Regarding fireworks sales, the new ordinance allows the retail sale of first and second class fireworks in the M-2 Heavy Industrial District following the approval of a special use permit and licensure from the State Fire Marshall. Fireworks retail sales facilities will require special conditions, see Ordinance 1917 for full details on the sale of fireworks. Anyone wishing to purchase fireworks must be 18 years of age, per state law.