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Rules Surrounding Consumer Fireworks Usage in Marion

Post Date:05/30/2017 3:47 PM

In 2017, the State approved the sale of fireworks in Iowa on certain days around the Fourth of July and New Years Eve/Day.

The City of Marion was put in a position to quickly establish a policy regarding local usage. Municipalities do not have the ability to prohibit sales.

Marion City Council approved a resolution allowing the use of fireworks, but restricted the number of days the use is allowed. City staff and council members are aware of issues that have resulted since the state law went into effect. Marion City Council will be briefed during their regularly scheduled meeting on July 6 and will reevaluate the policy in the coming weeks. 

Existing provisions:

Fireworks can be purchased and used only by persons 18 years of age or older.

Consumer fireworks usage is allowed in Marion on the following dates/times:

  • June 24–July 8          9 a.m.—10 p.m.

  • July 1, 2, 4, 8               9 a.m.—11 p.m.

  • Dec. 31                        9 a.m.—12:30 a.m.

  • Jan. 1                            9 a.m.—10 p.m.

Fireworks may be used:

  • on the user's property
  • on the property of someone who has given permission for the use of fireworks on their property

Fireworks may NOT be used in public parks.


Contact information:

  • To report the usage of fireworks outside of the permissible dates/times, please call the Marion Police Department's non-emergency line 319-377-1511 with as many details of the location as possible.
  • To contact members of Marion City Council regarding the local ordinance
  • To contact your legislators regarding the State law


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