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Firework Use is Prohibited in North Liberty

Each year, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires, causing deaths, injuries and millions in direct property damage. The loud explosions can be scary to pets, unsettling to veterans and disruptive to kids. This Independence Day, please remember that the use of consumer fireworks in North Liberty are prohibited.

While 2017 changes in state law prevents cities from prohibiting the sales of fireworks, it does allow counties and cities to set their own rules for the use of consumer fireworks, and the North Liberty City Council has declined to take steps to legalize their use. Consumer fireworks are prohibited. Novelty fireworks, including sparklers and similar items, remain legal to use.

Residents are encouraged to talk to neighbors using fireworks illegally. Reports can also be made to joint dispatch at (319) 356-6800. Those who use fireworks without permits can face hundred of dollars in fines.

North Liberty hosts its annual licensed, professional display in winter as part of Beat the Bitter, but Coralville’s 4th Fest is scheduled to host fireworks on July 4 at dusk, at a location to be determined.

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