The City of Newton wants everyone to have a fun and enjoyable Fourth of July. The State of Iowa has now allowed the use of consumer grade fireworks in Iowa. We would like all community members to use them safely to prevent injuries and damage. The following are some tips that that you should remember when using consumer fireworks:
- Fireworks can only be discharged in city limits between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on July 4 and between 9 a.m. December 31 and 12:30 a.m. January 1.
- Only individuals over the age of 18 may purchase fireworks.
- No individual under the age of 18 is allowed to discharge a DOT 1.4 class consumer firework without direct parental supervision.
- Fireworks can only be discharged from your property or property where permission has been given.
- Use fireworks outdoors, in a clear area, at least 20 feet away from building and people.
- Never point fireworks at another person.
- Ensure all pets and animals are away from fireworks.
- Do not experiment with, disassemble, alter or remove powder from fireworks.
- You may not use fireworks if intoxicated or impaired.
- You are liable for all fireworks in your possession and those discharged by you, your family and on your property.
- Always have a bucket of water or hose nearby.
- Never relight a dud firework; wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water before discarding it.
- Dispose of spent fireworks properly. Soak in a bucket of water and place them in a metal trash can away from building or combustible materials.
Violating consumer fireworks laws will result in a simple misdemeanor which is punishable by a fine of no less than $250.
If you have questions, please reach out to the Newton Fire Department at 641-792-3347 or the Newton Police Department at 641-791-0850.