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Ottumwa police respond to fireworks complaints

Ottumwa residents can complain to law enforcement about fireworks all they want, but police say their hands are tied. (MGN Online)

Ottumwa residents can complain to law enforcement about fireworks all they want, but police say their hands are tied.

Chief Tom McAndrew told KTVO the department has already received a few noise complaints, and another report of fireworks exploding underneath a neighbor's car.

He told them the same thing he'll tell you: fireworks are legal now so there's not a whole lot they can do.

There are a few exceptions. If officers catch someone shooting fireworks past curfew, or if someone uses the explosives on city property, they will be cited.

"We've received a few concerns about the fireworks display that will be over at the Greater Ottumwa Park,” McAndrew said. “You can't bring your fireworks to the Greater Ottumwa Park and shoot them, you can't shoot them on public property, which includes the parks."

Anyone caught doing so, will be ordered to pay a $250 fine.

CLICK HERE to see the city's fireworks code.

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