Fireworks vote postponed indefinitely

A vote on an ordinance for fireworks was postponed indefinitely. Ottumwa City Council voted 4-1 in order to receive another proposed ordinance from the city attorney.

The Ottumwa City Council indefinitely postponed two ordinances brought to them by city attorney Joni Keith in a 4-1 vote.

Council members cited frustration with the state legislature for passing a bill that gives them little time for deliberation.

A key change the council wants is to limit the time period people are allowed to use fireworks.

Fireworks under Iowa state law are allowed to be used during the periods of June 1 to July 8 and December 10 to January 3.

One council member suggested only allowing fireworks from July 1 to July 5 during the first period.

The city council will make their final decision May 30, two days before the state allows the use and sale of fireworks.

At a later date, they will next discuss zoning for the sale of the pyrotechnic.

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