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Posted on: June 23, 2017

Rules and Safety Tips Regarding Legal Fireworks Usage in Waukee

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Waukee Fireworks Usage and Rules 

The City of Waukee will soon allow the use of fireworks on a modified schedule following recently passed State Legislation. Used outside the designated dates and times highlighted below, it is considered to be a violation and can result in fines of no less than $250 per violation. The City wants people to enjoy the responsible and safe use of fireworks within the guidelines established by code and outlined below.

Consumer Fireworks may be used June 30-July 8 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. on weekdays (including Fridays), and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4, Saturdays and Sundays. 

Consumer fireworks usage may also be allowed within the city limits from December 31 at 12 p.m. to January 1 at 12:30 a.m.

Per state law, a person shall not use, explode or discharge consumer fireworks on real property other than that person’s real property or on the real property of a person who has consented to the use of consumer fireworks on that property. Sidewalks, the right-of-way between sidewalks and the street, and the City streets are all public property and thus are prohibited. Parks, trails, public parking lots and so on are also off limits. 

Please be good neighbors during this inaugural year of legal consumer fireworks usage. City officials ask that residents and visitors abide by the dates and times set. Please be considerate of any neighbors who may have a known sensitivity to fireworks noise, and be mindful of proximity to others’ property lines. 

For any non-emergency fireworks concerns, such as usage during off dates and times or on prohibited property, please call Westcom Dispatch at 515-222-3321.

Fireworks Safety Tips

  • Fireworks cause almost 19,000 injuries each year. Young people between the ages of 5-19 have a disproportionate number of injuries based on the population. Fireworks should only be used with proper adult supervision.
  • Keep a garden hose or fire extinguisher nearby in case of problems.
  • Keep a bucket of water in which to placed used wire sparklers. Sparklers account for one-fourth of all fireworks injury-related trips to emergency rooms. Sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees and can cause 3rd degree burns in a fraction of a second. 
  • Do not aim bottle rockets, roman candles and other fireworks which leave the ground, toward people, buildings or vehicles. 

Report any fires in buildings, vehicles or greenspaces by calling 911 immediately!  

Enjoy a safe holiday season.

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