Fireworks Safety

Important information about using fireworks in Muscatine

  • Use of fireworks is limited to first and second class consumer fireworks only.
  • Use of fireworks in Muscatine to
    • Independence Day - July 3 and July 4 from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    • New Year's Eve - 9 a.m. December 31 -1:30 a.m. January 1
  • Consumer fireworks may only be used on a residents own personal property or the property of a person who has consented to the use of consumer fireworks on his/her property.
  • Use of fireworks is prohibited on public property including city streets, sidewalks, public parking lots, parks, etc.
  • Please be courteous of neighbors and use good judgment in igniting fireworks.
  • Please call 563-263-9922 to report illegal use of fireworks to the Muscatine Police Department.
  • Report any fires in buildings, vehicles, or green spaces by calling 911 immediately.

Fireworks Safety Tips

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) offers these recommendations:

  • Do not allow young children to play with fire-works. Sparklers, a firework often considered by many to be the ideal “safe” device for the young, burn at very high temperatures and should be not be handled by young children. Children may not understand the danger involved with fireworks and may not act appropriately while using the devices or in case of emergency.
  • Older children should be permitted to use fireworks only under close adult supervision. Do not allow any running or horseplay.
  • Set off fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from houses, dry leaves, or grass and other flammable materials.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on fireworks that fail to ignite or explode.
  • Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Never light fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.
  • Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Check instructions for special storage directions.
  • Observe local laws.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

Do not forget your pets

  • Do not bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
  • If fireworks are being used near your home, put y our pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
  • Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off when fireworks are ignited.