Iowa State Fire Marshal Reports High Turnout For Firework Applications

The Iowa State Fire Marshal has opened its online licensing portal for fireworks, and in the first 24 hours, more than 88 applications have been started and 46 applications have been filed.  The licensing implements a new law that allows the sale of consumer fireworks.  More applications are anticipated, because more than 600 individuals and companies have established accounts that will allow them to apply for licenses.

Of the 46 license applications filed so far, 15 involve permanent structures and 31 involved temporary structures.  In addition, 4 applications have been filed and approved for the registration of fireworks wholesalers.

Sales of consumer fireworks are allowed between June 1 and July 8 each year, and from December 10 to January 3.  Temporary stands can be used for consumer fireworks sales between June 13 and July 8. 

The new law allows for the sale of consumer fireworks by persons or companies licensed by the State Fire Marshal.  Any restrictions on the use of fireworks are determined by city and county officials. Emergency Administrative Rules are available online: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/law/administrativeRules/emergencyDocs

 

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