The 4th of July is right around the corner, and some people are going to want to celebrate this year by shooting off privately owned fireworks. The State of Iowa passed a law last year making it legal to sell and purchase fireworks in Iowa, but that doesn’t mean it’s legal to shoot them off.
New Hampton Police Chief Mike Anderson says fireworks can be sold within in city limits but it’s against the law to shoot them off, unless you approve it through city hall. Anderson says doing this carries a fine.
A local fireworks display technician Jason Rude says safety is the most important key during the holiday. He also adds to saying farther away is safer and it gives you a better view of the display.