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Fire & Police Chiefs Weigh in On Fireworks in Armstrong

By: Clint Davis

There have been some questions about fireworks and the use of them within city limits. The council can restrict the use but they cannot restrict the sale of fireworks. A lot of towns in Iowa have already restricted them for safety reasons. The Journal reached out to Police Chief, Craig Merrill and Fire Chief Robb Nutt about the new fireworks law. “I will enforce whatever the council decides.” Police Chief Craig Merrill stated. Merrill has no stance on the new firework law as long as people are responsible.

“I have no problem with fireworks in town, as long as people exercise caution,” Nutt stated. He also mentioned if people had questions about firework safety to call one of the firemen.
Until the council approves a change to make the use of fireworks legal, it will remain banned from Armstrong.

If the council approves the use of fireworks in town, people need to exercise caution while using explosives. Citizens also need to know the allowed dates of exploding and selling fireworks. Under the bill, fireworks companies with permanent buildings would be able to sell fireworks June 1-July 8 and December 10-January 3.
Fireworks companies with temporary buildings or tents would be able to sell fireworks June 13- July 8.

Persons cannot use or explode consumer fireworks on days other than June 1 through July 8 and December 10 through January 3 of each year, all dates inclusive. Users cannot use or explode fireworks at times other than between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 p.m., except the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on July 4 and the Saturdays and Sundays immediately preceding and following July 4, between the hours of 9 a.m. on December 31 and 12:30 a.m on December 31 and 12:30 a.m. on the immediately preceding and following December 31.
Fireworks cannot be purchased by anyone under the age of 18.

County supervisors can also ban the use of fireworks in the county. The Emmet County Supervisors have not made a decision on the new law as of now. Please contact all of your city officials for questions and concerns regarding this issue.

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