Fireworks are now legal to sell, ignite in Iowa during certain periods

Des Moines, Iowa – An enthusiastic crowd of pyrotechnics fans gathered around Governor Branstad’s desk in the state capitol Tuesday morning.

The governor signed a bill into law that makes it legal to sell AND set off fireworks around the Independence Day holiday and at year’s end to celebrate events like Christmas and New Year’s.

Branstad praised key legislators who’ve been pushing for this law, then the crowd stood silently as Branstad used multiple pens to sign the official copy of the bill.

Novelty items like sparklers and snakes have been legal to sell and ignite in Iowa, but all other consumer-grade fireworks like Roman candles and bottle rockets have been illegal in the state of Iowa since 1938. Iowa now joins the vast majority of states which allow adults to buy and light fireworks.


Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.

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