As we approach the season of celebrations, festivals, fairs, and freedom, it's important for Dubuque residents to be aware of the local regulations regarding fireworks. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you understand what is and isn't allowed within the city limits.

Consumer Fireworks Are Prohibited in Dubuque

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Under the current City Code, the use of consumer fireworks is strictly prohibited within Dubuque. Consumer fireworks are typically labeled with "Consumer Fireworks, 1.4G, UN0336." These include a variety of firework types:

  • Shells and Mortars: Aerial fireworks that explode high in the sky.
  • Multiple Tube Devices: Launch several shots in succession.
  • Roman Candles: Emit colorful stars and sparks.
  • Rockets: Shoot up into the air.
  • Firecrackers: Small, loud explosives.
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Despite the statewide permission for the sale and use of these fireworks during specific dates, the City of Dubuque has opted to prohibit their use to ensure safety and maintain peace in the community. Violating this ordinance carries a Simple Misdemeanor charge, with fines starting at $250.

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Dubuque Legal Fireworks You Can Use

While consumer fireworks are off-limits, certain "novelty fireworks" are allowed within Dubuque. These permissible items include:

  • Party Poppers: Small devices that pop and release confetti.
  • Snappers: Small paper-wrapped items that create a popping sound when thrown on the ground.
  • Drop Pops: Similar to snappers, these small items make a popping sound upon impact.
  • Snakes: Pellets that produce a long, snake-like ash when ignited.
  • Sparklers: Only specific types that meet the local regulations.
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For a firework to qualify as a novelty item, it must not contain more than 0.25 grains of explosive mixture and its packaging must state “not subject to D.O.T. Hazardous Materials Regulations.”

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Yes, You Can Report Illegal Firework Usage

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If you witness the illegal use of consumer fireworks within the city, you are encouraged to report it to the authorities. You can call the non-emergency dispatch number at 563-589-4415 to report any violations. By adhering to these city regulations, Dubuque hopes all residents can enjoy a safe and enjoyable summer season.

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