Use of fireworks will be allowed in Sioux Center June 13 through July 8.
The Sioux Center City Council approved those dates as part of an amendment to the city code of ordinances Monday.
“The council has chosen to give people the opportunity to use fireworks,” said Sioux Center Police Chief Paul Adkins. “You still need to be safe and use common sense. We want to prevent injuries and property damage. We want people to pick up their debris. Safety and common sense, those are the big things.”
The new city code amendment outlines the regulations for use of fireworks in the city following the legalization of fireworks sales and use by the state government this spring.
The city will follow the state law regarding the times of day during which fireworks are allowed:
• 9 a.m.-10 p.m. on June 13-July 8
• 9 a.m.-11 p.m. on July 4 and the Saturdays and Sundays immediately preceding and following July 4 (up to July 8)
Using fireworks outside the allowed dates/times is punishable by a fine of at least $250. People must be 18 or older to purchase and use fireworks.
The amended city code also includes provisions for the sales of fireworks in Sioux Center.
Those who wish to sell fireworks must be licensed with the State Fire Marshall and show valid proof of insurance with appropriate coverage, which is required by the state law.
Sellers will need to meet all of the requirements of the National Fire Protection Code, and the city will require an inspection of the permanent or temporary structures.
Those selling fireworks from a temporary structure will be required to apply for a temporary use permit, which is a special exception through the Board of Adjustment in the appropriate zoning areas.