While buying and discharging fireworks is legal in the State of Iowa now through July 8th, residents in Washington County are reminded to check their city ordinance before shooting off the explosives.

Discharging fireworks is banned in the City of Washington as per the council’s decision last September, and violations of the city code are considered simple misdemeanors. Sale of consumer fireworks from an approved permanent structure is allowed from now until July 8th, and from approved temporary structures from June 13th to July 8th in Washington. For the cities of Kalona and Wellman it is unlawful for any person to use or explode fireworks, besides applications the city may grant to municipalities, fair associations, amusement parks, and any other groups. The Riverside City Code stipulates that any person that uses or explodes consumer or display fireworks commits a simple misdemeanor, punishable by a fine no less than $250.