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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.

Where can fireworks be sold in Ankeny?

The retail sale of first and second class fireworks is allowed in the M-2 Heavy Industrial District following the approval of a special use permit and licensure from the State Fire Marshal. 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.

Fireworks Safety Tips

While fireworks are legal on July 4 from 9 a.m. - 11 p.m., they are dangerous and can cause injury if they’re not used properly. The Ankeny Fire Department, in collaboration with the National Council for Fireworks Safety, offers the following tips to celebrate safely:

• Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
• Prepare ahead of time, spray down your yard with water before you shoot off fireworks or light sparklers.
• Treat fireworks like a firearm: don’t point them at people, animals or property.
• Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
• Don’t use fireworks when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
• Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
• Keep a bucket of water or a hose handy in case of a fire or other mishap. Put spent sparklers in the water.
• Never try to relight dud fireworks, put them in a bucket of water.
• Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
• Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

And let’s not forget the safety of our pets:

• Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
• If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
• Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off when fireworks are ignited.

Watch this video for fireworks safety tips from Ankeny Fire Marshal Craig Fraser:


View additional information about the use and sale of fireworks in Ankeny.