MASON CITY, Iowa – A decision has been made in a controversial issue facing Mason City.
On Tuesday night, the city council voted to change several ordinances.
The lighting of fireworks is no longer permitted on Dec. 31, but is still allowed from 6-11 PM on July 3 and 4.
Property owners in violation of the ordinance can face $250 fines.
The commercial sale of fireworks has also been restricted to certain zones.
“it has become clear that as long as we regulate the sale to specific areas but those are still usable, functionhal areas that they could operate a business – then we’re fine in this provision – there’s a large area that is zoned,” said City Administrator, Aaron Burnett.
City Councilperson, John Lee, says he supports the new ordinances.
“The State of Iowa basically ties our hand and we cannot eliminate the sales and I have a very difficult time having people purchase something and they can’t fire it off,” said Lee.