May 17

Determining City Firework Plan Crucial to Branstad’s Law

By: Nathan Bloechl – nathanb@977thebolt.com

Humboldt, Iowa –  The Humboldt City Council used a Monday work session to mull ideas on what the city should do regarding Governor Branstad’s new fireworks law.

The law allows Iowa citizens to legally purchase, withhold and discharge fireworks within the state now.

The first selling window begins June 1st.

Humboldt, as a result of the new law, cannot prevent the sale and/or possession of fireworks in the city, but the city can limit the discharge of fireworks – which includes zoning. 

The city, however, still has to honor the sale of them.

City Administrator Travis Goedken introduced two provisions to the city-wide fireworks ordinance which would prevent Humboldt residents from discharging fireworks on city right-of-way and public property.

“Obviously safety is the largest concern,” Goedken said, “both for the general residents welfare along with overall public safety.”

“[We want] to make sure people aren’t shooting them off at two o’clock in the morning, those are the issues we have to be concerned about.”

The city of Humboldt will look at entertaining three time restrictions for the upcoming firework season, setting 10:00 p.m. as the day-to-day time restriction, with it stretching to 11:00 p.m. on the 4th of July and 1:00 a.m. on New Years.