With action taken by the Dallas Center City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Memorial Hall, new fireworks regulations are officially in place in the city.
Under the new ordinance, which had a second reading with a waived third reading at the meeting, “consumer fireworks” are legal for personal use from July 1-5 each year between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 p.m., except on July 4, when fireworks will be allowed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. Additionally, fireworks will be allowed from 9 a.m. on Dec. 31 until 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 surrounding the New Years holiday.
During the meeting, an amendment was made to specify that fireworks were allowed by a person under the age of 18 as long as they are under the direct supervision of the person who owns or rents the property they are on. Previously, the proposed ordinance just said that they must be under the direct supervision of the person who owns the property.
The council waived the third reading and adopted the ordinance in order to be able to limit fireworks usage in December to just New Year’s Eve and the first half hour of New Years Day. If they were to wait until the December meeting to do so, the new ordinance would not have been published in time and fireworks would have been allowed starting on Dec. 10.
Under the ordinance, first class and second class “consumer fireworks” would be allowed, while “display fireworks” would only be allowed with a permit and proof of insurance. Display fireworks are defined as “any explosive composition, or combination of explosive substances, or article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration, or detonation, and includes fireworks containing any explosive or flammable compound, or other device containing any explosive substance.”
Consumer fireworks use will not be allowed on any publicly owned property, such as a park or other city owned property, without a permit.