Ottumwa fireworks ordinance in limbo
OTTUMWA, Iowa —
Ottumwa's fireworks ordinance is in limbo.
Tuesday night, the Ottumwa City Council decided not to vote on an ordinance that would expand the use of New Year fireworks from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 29 and 30, and from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. On New Year's Eve.
City attorney Joni Keith told KTVO that council members are waiting to see what the state legislature does, before they make a decision.
Legislators are meeting with city officials from around the state in Des Moines Dec. 15, to take a look at the fireworks bill that in May, legalized the sale and use of fireworks in Iowa.
Ottumwa Fire Chief Tony Miller said he plans to attend that meeting.
He said some are concerned about safety; others have concerns about the nuisance.
So far, he said 15 other cities in Iowa have banned the use of fireworks since the explosives were officially legalized in May.