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Boone City Council Expected to Continue Amending Fireworks Ordinance

Posted on 19 June 2017 by KWBG

BOONE, Iowa—The Boone City Council is scheduled to give a second consideration to an ordinance amendment that will allow the use of fireworks in the community.  The current city ordinance prohibited the use of most fireworks and the council, two weeks ago, began amending the ordinance to follow along with the new state law that permits people to set off fireworks between June 1st and July 8th, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM on July 4th and the Saturday and Sunday before and after the 4th of July.  Fireworks would also be permitted from December 10th and January 3rd  from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM and would be permitted from 9:00 AM New Year’s Eve to 12:30 AM New Year’s Day and from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM the Saturday and Sunday before and after New Year’s Eve.

The Council did have a couple of residents at their last meeting asking that some restrictions be put in place, but the Council decided to move ahead on the first reading of the ordinance amendment using the dates and times from the new state law.  They did however include an item that will allow the Fire Chief to prohibit the use of pyrotechnics if a Burn Ban were to be issued affecting the city.  The portion of the ordinance that deals with displays will not be changed.  That deals with permits being issued for large fireworks displays that require liability coverage.

The ordinance does not deal with sales.  Boone Mayor John Slight said after the last council meeting that sales are permitted in the city, but the current city zoning ordinance does not permit sales from temporary structures like tents.

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