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Posted on November 7, 2019 at 11:24 AM by Craig Johnson
“What’s New in County 22?”
This time of month we are getting prepared for 4th of July events and soon after the Clayton County Fair. I’ve been asked to touch base on fireworks a little bit this month. The law has changed a little over the years but here is what I’m aware of.
Fireworks can only be sold in Iowa and used during the following days:
June 1 – July 8
December 10-January 3
Fireworks can only be used during the following time periods on those days:
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Except 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on July 4th and the Saturdays and Sundays immediately preceding and following the July 4th.
9:00 a.m. December 31st – 12:30 a.m. January 1st
Except 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. the Saturdays and Sundays immediately preceding and following December 31
The County Board of Supervisors can pass resolutions or ordinances limiting or prohibiting fireworks if they find they constitute a threat to public safety, threat to public property, or a nuisance. Cities may also have their own ordinances for fireworks so it is best to check with your city on what theirs is.
In Clayton County if you are planning on shooting fireworks for a display, we ask you to stop at the Auditor’s office to pick up an application for fireworks display permit. Fill out the permit and have your local fire chief sign off on it. The Fire Chief approves the location and fire prevention measures for the display. This form is then sent to the Sheriff’s Department and a copy emailed to all employees. We then know if we get a complaint on the fireworks who has a permit to do so and who does not. A strong suggestion would be to also contact your neighbors to let them know of your intentions.
This is the time of year a lot of dogs go missing or are found because of fireworks. Fireworks may trigger a dogs flight response or a dogs anxiety and they will try to run away from the threat. I also know of some veterans with PTSD that dislike fireworks that may trigger added stress to them, so if you have veterans in your area you should advise them. Everyone wants to have a good time and enjoy the 4th of July but it can be made even better with some consideration to your neighbors, vets and pets.
And if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by to see me.
Thanks and be safe,
Sheriff Mike Tschirgi