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Cities of Tama, Toledo fireworks regulations are in force for the 4th

June 29, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The Fourth of July is a less than a week away with the array of legal consumer fireworks entering their third year in "modern times" in Iowa.

This year, as of June 25, there was a single fireworks vendor licensed in Tama County. Bellino Fireworks is doing business in the Fareway Grocery parking lot at 1005 S. County Road in Toledo.

In Tama and Toledo fireworks are legal to use from Sunday, June 30 through Thursday, July 4. They may only be used between the hours of noon and 10 p.m. except on July 4 when hours are extended to 11 p.m.

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It is prohibited to use any fireworks on public property or property on which permission has not been granted in both cities.

Commercial displays are prohibited in Tama and require a city license in Toledo.

Rural Area Under State Law

While restrictions are in place for use of fireworks in Tama, Toledo and some other Tama County municipalities. the rural areas governed by Tama County follow state law.

The state regulations state:

A person shall not use or explode consumer fireworks at times other than between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 p.m., except that on the following dates consumer fireworks shall not be used at times other than between the hours specified of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on July 4 and the Saturdays and Sundays immediately preceding and following July 4.

A person shall not use consumer fireworks on real property other than that person's real property or on the real property of a person who has consented to the use of consumer fireworks on that property.

Tama and Toledo city ordinances prohibit fireworks use in December leading up to News Years Eve and Day.

However, with state law providing for their use, they are legal in rural Tama County from Dec. 10- Jan. 3 from 9 a.m. -10 p.m. , on Dec. 31 beginning at 9 a.m. 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1 and 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. the Saturdays and Sundays immediately preceding and following Dec. 31.



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