What you need to know about using fireworks in Ankeny
The Ankeny City Council approved two new ordinances on the use and sale of fireworks. 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.
What you need to know about using fireworks in Ankeny:
- Use of fireworks is limited to July 4 from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. in Ankeny. (All cities in the metro have different rules.)
- This includes the use of first and second class consumer fireworks only.
- Explosives such as M-80s, quarter sticks and display fireworks are illegal.
- Residents may only use consumer fireworks on their own personal property or on the property of a person who has consented to the use of consumer fireworks on his/her property.
- Use of fireworks on any public property is prohibited. This includes city streets, public parking lots, parks, etc.
- Residents are asked to be courteous to their neighbors and to use good judgment when igniting fireworks.
- To report the illegal use of fireworks contact the Polk County Dispatch non-emergency phone (515) 286-3333, this phone is answered 24 hours a day.
The new ordinance allows residents to use first and second class consumer fireworks within the city limits. See Ordinance 1916 for full details.
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.