City Of Spirit Lake Reminds Residents Of Fireworks Ordinance

Mon 6-29-2020

(Spirit Lake)-- With the 4th of July now just days away, area cities are reminding residents of their respective ordinances pertaining to fireworks.

In Spirit Lake, City Attorney-Administrator Gregg Owens says there are only two days fireworks can be discharged during certain times of the day...SL Fireworks Ordinance01 

"In the city of Spirit Lake fireworks are illegal except on two days out of the year. They're allowed on July 3rd and on July 4th between the hours of 11:00 am and 10:00 pm."

Owens says the city fielded a lot of complaints last year about fireworks being shot off when they weren't supposed to be...SL Fireworks Ordinance02 

"We had a number of issues leading up to the 4th in particular with people not understanding that they're only allowed on July 3rd and July 4th. And honestly in my opinion the thing that people disregard the most is the fact that they shut down at 10:00. Fireworks in neighborhoods 10:30, 11:00, midnight, after that just aren't going to be allowed and they aren't allowed. That seemed to be the biggest problem we had last year. Hopefully with education that's kind of changed."

Owens says violators could be subject to a fine...SL Fireworks Ordinance03 

"A violation of the fireworks ordinance is punishable by a fine of not less than $250 unless they are being used on our public property, in which case the minimum fine for that is $500."

Owens reminds anyone planning to use fireworks to follow the instructions on them and to use extreme caution.

It's important to point out as well ordinances vary from location to location so you should check with your appropriate city hall to see what pertains to your town.