New Albia Fireworks Ordinance In Effect For the 4th

By Jason Van Arkel, June 13, 2019

The Albia Police Department says with Independence Day fast approaching, residents need to remember the new city fireworks ordinance that went into effect last November.

Under the Albia city code, people can shoot off fireworks on both July 3rd and July 4th. However, fireworks can only be used between 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm. Albia police say people who shoot off fireworks outside the allowed times are subject to a hefty fine.

Earlier this month, the Ottumwa Fire Department offered a series of safety tips for people who plan to use fireworks to celebrate the holiday:


  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper, because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.


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