It is legal to sell consumer fireworks in the State of Iowa, however a city ordinance regulates their use in the Marshalltown city limits.
Ordinance 130.018 prohibits the use of consumer fireworks within the City. It is also unlawful for any property owner to knowingly permit the use of consumer fireworks on the owner’s property within the city limits.
Novelty fireworks such as sparklers, snakes, and caps are still allowed.
A violation of § 130.018 of the City Code shall be simple misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $250.
As with everything, we strive for voluntary compliance and ask everyone to be respectful of their neighbors when celebrating the Forth of July. The sound of fireworks exploding can distress pets, veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, children, or those with special needs so please be considerate of others while you celebrate and follow the ordinance.
Fireworks started 19,500 fires in 2018, including 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires, and 17,100 outside and other fires. These fires caused 5 deaths, 46 civilian injuries, and $105 million in direct property damage.
In 2018, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,100 people for fireworks related injuries; half of those injuries were to the extremities and 34% were to the eye or other parts of the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for more than one-third (36%) of the estimated injuries in 2018.
Please leave the shooting of fireworks to the professionals!