City of Pella won’t allow fireworks

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The largest city in Marion County will not allow fireworks to be set off within City limits.

Acting Pella Police Chief Paul Haase reports that the City Code bans the use of fireworks. Language from the code is below.

41.12 FIREWORKS.

1. Consumer Fireworks.

A. It shall be unlawful for a person to use or explode consumer fireworks as defined in Iowa Code section 727.2 within the city limits.

B. It shall be a simple misdemeanor punishable by a fine of two hundred fifty dollars for any person to use or explode consumer fireworks within the city limits.

C. It shall be unlawful for a person to offer for sale, expose for sale, or sell at retail consumer fireworks, unless a person is a retailer or community group as defined in Iowa Code Chapter 100 and possesses and complies with all requirements of a consumer fireworks seller license issued by the state fire marshal. Consumer fireworks may only be sold during the dates and times as allowed under Iowa Code Chapter 100 and in zoning districts permitted by section 165.12(15) of the Pella Zoning Ordinance.