As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, please be aware of the rules for use of consumer grade fireworks in unincorporated Linn County.
The use of consumer fireworks in unincorporated Linn County is allowed on the following dates/times:
- July 4 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
- Dec. 31/Jan. 1 9 a.m.-12:30 a.m.
Fireworks may only be used with property owner permission.
The Board of Supervisors authorizes the use of display fireworks by permit only (PDF).
Fireworks may not be used on County property without an approved permit. Fireworks are not allowed in County parks.
Please see Linn County’s fireworks resolution (PDF) for a definition of consumer and display fireworks. The Linn County Board of Supervisors passed this resolution in 2019 in response to requests from rural residents.
The penalty for illegal use of fireworks is defined in Iowa Code Sections 727.2(3)(c)(1) and 727.2(2)(b)(1) as a simple misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not less than two hundred fifty dollars.
Each city in Linn County has its own rules governing the use of consumer fireworks within its city limits.
Please celebrate the Fourth of July safely and responsibly and respect your neighbors, families with young children and pets, veterans with stress disorders, and others sensitive to loud noises by not illegally discharging fireworks.