City Will Not Make Changes to Firework Ordinance

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com

Humboldt, Iowa — Similar to the County Supervisors, the Humboldt City Council has decided to not make changes to it’s firework ordinance, citing a wait-and-see method.

“Obviously it was a really short turnaround from the state legislation to the 4th of July” said city administrator Travis Goedken.

The bill was signed by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad on May 9th, giving cities a little bet less than 65 days to field public input and draft an ordinance they ultimately felt comfortable with.

Goedken said that some Iowa cities are going the route Humboldt is choosing to take.

“Rather than rush and get an ordinance in place that might not reflect exactly we wanted to do, we decided that, let’s wait, see, and see how this season goes” Goedken explained.

If anything were to go awry over the 4th of July holiday, Goedken did say that there would be ample time before the state’s next legal selling window, the New Year’s Holiday.

“We can take [any incidents] into account and gather some reasoning behind what we put in that ordinance.”

The legal selling window for fireworks began on June 1st and will conclude on July 8th.