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City of Pleasant Hill

Posted on: June 24, 2020

Fireworks Usage in Pleasant Hill

Fireworks in Pleasant Hill

Fireworks Use in Pleasant Hill

  • Use of fireworks is limited to July 4, 12 p.m. (noon) – 11 p.m., in Pleasant Hill. All cities and counties in the metro have different rules.
  • Residents may only use consumer fireworks on their own personal property or on the property of a person who has consented to the use of consumer fireworks on his/her property.
  • Use of fireworks on any public property is prohibited. This includes city streets, public parking lots, parks, etc.
  • Residents are asked to be courteous to their neighbors and to use good judgment when igniting fireworks.
  • To report the illegal use of fireworks, contact the Polk County Dispatch non-emergency phone 515-286-3333, this phone is answered 24 hours a day.

The State Fire Marshal provides some practical advice for the use of fireworks:

  • Read the label: Each firework should give directions about the proper use of the device and the description of how it should perform, so read the label and follow the directions.
  • Avoid aerial rockets in populated areas: The direction of travel may change after setting off the device and could injure people or set buildings on fire.
  • Keep fountains away from buildings: Fountains stay in one place, but they can shoot upward in the air and set buildings on fire.
  • Talk with your neighbors before using fireworks:  The noise of fireworks may disturb neighbors who have Post Traumatic Stress Injuries, and often frighten animals, so talk with your neighbors before setting off the fireworks.
  • Never point fireworks at others: If the firework goes off early or goes in an unintended direction, it can hurt people nearby.
  • Never use illegal fireworks:  Devices with higher levels of explosives are extremely dangerous, so never use items known as M-80, M-100, silver salute, blockbuster, or quarterpounder.
  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishaps.

Click here to view full fireworks City Ordinance.

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