“If we have the necessary evidence or the cooperation of witnesses to lay charges, the summons is over $600, which is a high price to pay for putting firecrackers,” said Des Moines Police Sergeant Paul Parizek. “But even beyond that, it`s about being a good neighbor when fireworks can put our residents and their pets in distress.” Des Moines, Iowa – Friday, June 25, 2021 – As Independence Day and fireworks open for commercial activities approach, the Des Moines Fire Department and Police Department want to remind Des Moines residents that the use of recreational fireworks is prohibited within the city limits of Des Moines. Are you planning to hold your own fireworks? Fixed: An earlier version of this story contained incorrect data for fireworks shows for Adventureland, Goodguy`s Car Show, and Windsor Heights. The Adventureland and Windsor Heights fireworks display will take place on July 4 and the Goodguys Car Show on July 2. The story has been updated to reflect the correct data. Firefighters and police are recommending that residents participate in public fireworks that will take place in the area. For more information on these events, check out www.catchdesmoines.com/events DES MOINES, Iowa – This is once again the time of year when people want to celebrate the holiday weekend with fireworks. DES MOINES, Iowa (WOWT) – A bill to amend Iowa`s fireworks law is on its way to Governor Reynolds` office. Last year, the Des Moines Fire Department responded to a major house fire caused by fireworks, saying it hoped, combined with this year`s conditions, that it would not see an increase. `It`s a nightmare`: Des Moines` fireworks complaints in June double the same period in 2019 “What this bill does is give cities a check to use one-time zoning as an attempt to circumvent state law that allows the legal sale of fireworks in the state of Iowa,” said Republican Senator Mike Klimes. “This year, especially given the drought, there is an increased risk of fire,” said Jonathan Lund, Des Moines Fire Marshal. “We ask residents to be respectful and not to fire fireworks that endanger them, their neighbors and the neighboring property. While some go to exhibitions, others want to create the shows themselves by buying fireworks.
Cities that prohibit the unauthorized use of fireworks include Altoona, Clive, Des Moines, Johnston, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights. Fireworks are allowed for fourth July celebrations in Carlisle, Ankeny, Bondurant, Waukee, Indianola, Pleasant Hill, Norwalk and Grimes, with some cities also allowing them on New Year`s Day. When permitted, Iowa law limits the use of fireworks to personal property. Officials from the Des Moines Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff`s Office said complaints about fireworks were higher than in previous years. In Altoona, Adventureland will host two fireworks evenings on July 3 and 4 at 9:30 p.m. The Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino have scheduled their annual fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. on July 3. “When you grow up in a rural community, it seems like you have to get fireworks no matter what,” said James Bromm of Johnston. “Even with inflation, I`m going to buy them, I don`t care.” “You need a significant open space to shoot fireworks, and there aren`t many in the town of Des Moines that are big enough that ash, debris and sparks don`t endanger the structures,” Lund said. Events 2021: Where to attend fireworks and other festivities in the Des Moines subway over the weekend of July 4, Lt. Jeff Rullman, spokesman for the Polk County Sheriff`s Office, said lawmakers should use their discretion when responding to complaints about fireworks.
They usually respond to an initial complaint by educating people about fireworks regulation and issuing a warning, he said. Other complaints may lead to citations. Some popular fireworks in central Iowa have been postponed or canceled due to health and safety restrictions due to the pandemic, but fireworks are still planned in Altoona, Urbandale, Waukee and West Des Moines. In addition, the administrative buildings of the city of Des Moines will be closed on Monday, July 4 to monitor the holidays. This includes all Des Moines Public Library branches, which will be closed on Monday, July 4 before reopening on Tuesday, July 5. The Des Moines Fire and Police Department would also like to remind neighbors that using consumer fireworks within the city limits of Des Moines is dangerous, illegal and reckless for those who live around you. Save money and safety by leaving the fireworks to the pros. The Des Moines Fire Department responded to major house fires caused by fireworks in recent years. With the risk of dangerous fireworks, our firefighters usually see an increase in house and grass fires during holiday celebrations, which they want to avoid this year. Because of the speed at which fireworks are set off, it is difficult for Des Moines police officers to catch offences in flagrante delicto. A witness who can personally identify someone who is breaking the law is required to issue a quote.
If you witness that someone is breaking the law and they are willing to personally identify them to law enforcement, please call the DMPD Non-Emergency Dispatch Line at (515) 283-4811. The following central cities in Iowa have fireworks shows on or about 4. July scheduled: Fireworks are prohibited in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Altoona, Clive, Johnston, Urbandale, Ames and Windsor Heights.