Dubuque Police: Reminder that use of consumer fireworks still prohibited

The Dubuque Police Department is reminding people in Dubuque that, under current City Code, the use of consumer fireworks is still prohibited within the city. 

Iowa legislation signed into law on May 9th, 2017 the legalization of sale and use of fireworks during the limited dates throughout the year, unless a city or county chooses to otherwise restrict or prohibit usage of fireworks. The sates law legalized the use of fireworks from June 1 – July 8 and December 10 – January 3, however Iowa Code states that a city may enact or maintain ordinances that limit or prohibit the use of fireworks. The discharge/use of consumer fireworks remains prohibited in Dubuque. 

The City of Dubuque continues to allow the use of "novelty fireworks" such as party poppers, snappers, drop pops, snakes, and some sparklers. 

Any violation of the City’s ordinance limiting or prohibiting fireworks will result in simple misdemeanor charges with a fine no less than $250.  

The law also specifies that sales to persons under the age of 18 are prohibited and will result in simple misdemeanor charges with a minimum fine of $250. 



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