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Iowa lawmakers approved the sale and use of fireworks on certain days around the Fourth of July and New Years Eve/Day.

On Nov. 21, Marion City Council approved an ordinance revising the number of days/times consumer fireworks are permissible within Marion city limits.

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:

  • Dec. 31             6 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1
  • July 4                noon - 11 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.

To report fireworks usage outside of these parameters, call the Marion Police Department's non-emergency line at 319-377-1511.

Commercial Fireworks Displays

Commercial fireworks displays require the issuance of a permit and approval of a display license/fireworks application.


Retail Application

Business owners looking to sell fireworks within the City of Marion, application information

State of Iowa Fireworks License, application information 



Important Safety Tips

  1. Never let children handle, play with, or light any fireworks without adult supervision.
  2. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
  3. Use a clear, open area and keep the audience a safe distance from the shooting site.
  4. Do not attempt to make or alter any fireworks device.
  5. Only purchase and light 1.4G consumer fireworks. Examples include bottle rockets, Roman candles and fire crackers.
  6. Only light one firework item at a time and never attempt to re-light or fix a “dud” firework.
  7. Never hold the firework when lighting it.
  8. Have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose, or bucket of water nearby.
  9. Use extreme caution when lighting fireworks in the wind. Keep spectators 20 feet away and where the wind is blowing away from them. 
  10. Stay at least 20 feet away from all structures.
  11. Never smoke or drink alcoholic beverages while handling fireworks.
  12. Never aim, point or throw fireworks at another person.
  13. Sparklers burn at extremely hot temperatures from 1200 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. Glow sticks make an excellent, safer alternative to sparklers, especially for young children.
  14. More safety information  - U.S. Fire Administration