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Posted on: June 1, 2021

It Is Illegal to Use Fireworks in Coralville

Fireworks_Credit Bob Rude

Using consumer fireworks still banned in Coralville; leave the show in the skies to the pros

Using Fireworks

If you are thinking of lighting off fireworks in Coralville, think again and leave it to the experts. As in the past, under city ordinance, it is illegal to use any fireworks in Coralville, with the exception of fireworks displays handled by insured operators and approved by City authorities. Violators face a minimum fine of $250 and can be held liable for any damages they cause. Fireworks are also prohibited in many surrounding communities. 

Novelty fireworks (sparklers, snakes, or snaps) remain legal.

Buying or Selling Fireworks

Even though fireworks can be sold in Coralville, they can't be used in Coralville. That is because the State legalized the sale of consumer fireworks; fireworks sales require a license from the State. City zoning ordinances regulate where fireworks can be sold within Coralville.  

If you purchase fireworks, please be aware they cannot be used in the City of Coralville, and many surrounding communities also prohibit their use.  Fireworks must be stored safely and securely according to the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines from the National Fire Protection Agency.

Report a Concern

To report a concern regarding the use of illegal fireworks, please call the Police non-emergency line at 319.248.1800 and provide the location and any additional information.  Please use 911 only for emergencies. Police will respond to fireworks-related calls as officers are available.


If you have unused fireworks to get rid of, contact the Coralville Fire Department at 319.248.1835 to make a drop-off appointment for safe disposal.

Discharging fireworks is dangerous and risks injury, fire, and property damage. The sound of fireworks exploding can distress pets, veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and children.

Fireworks can be extremely dangerous and should be used only by trained and insured professionals. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, in 2018, fireworks caused an estimated 19,500 reported fires in the U.S. and in 2018, an estimated 9,100 people were seen in a U.S. hospital emergency room as a result of fireworks-related injuries.

Where to See Fireworks

Coralville’s 4thFest fireworks show is scheduled to take place on July 4 at S.T. Morrison Park, 1513 7th Street, beginning at 9:45 pm. Coralville’s fireworks are discharged by trained pyrotechnicians from the Coralville Fire Department. The fireworks will stream live on the City’s Facebook page. 4thFest fireworks

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