Public Safety Officials from the City of Hiawatha want to remind you that the display and use of consumer fireworks are allowed in Hiawatha on a very limited basis during the times below. This does not include the display of commercial fireworks. It is important to remember that fireworks may only be used by someone age 18 or older, on their own property, or the property of someone that has consented to use. Do not assume you have permission. Fireworks cannot be used on streets, roads, or other public right-of-ways. That also means the use of fireworks is forbidden in all city parks without a permit. It is your responsibility to know what you are doing and what you are using is legal. The fine for violating any of these laws will be not less than $250.00. If you cause an injury, fire, or damage to property, you may be charged with additional crimes.
The display of consumer fireworks is allowed only during the following designated times:
- July 4th – 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- December 31st – 6:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on January 1st
Additional safety tips:
- Attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals
- Enjoy outdoor celebrations and cookouts but remember to keep a five foot “safe zone” around grills and campfires
- Build campfires at least 15 feet away from buildings, shrubs or other materials that burn
- Fireworks must only be used with proper adult supervision and never shoot fireworks while intoxicated or impaired. Always expect the firework to do something unexpected.
- When lighting fireworks or having a campfire, keep a garden hose or fire extinguisher nearby in case of problems
- Keep a bucket of water to put wire sparklers in. Sparklers account for nearly 1/4 of all fireworks injuries. Sparklers can burn at 1,200 degrees, can cause 3rd degree burns in a fraction of a second and improperly discarded sparklers can cause fires.
- DO NOT AIM bottle rockets, roman candles and other fireworks toward people, buildings, vehicles or others property.
- Keep a distance of 20 feet from buildings and people when lighting fireworks.