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Posted on: June 24, 2020

Use of Consumer Fireworks Prohibited in Dubuque

The City of Dubuque is reminding residents that the use of consumer fireworks is prohibited within the city.

Under current City Code, the discharge/use of “consumer fireworks” remains prohibited in Dubuque. Consumer fireworks typically have packaging stating “Consumer Fireworks, 1.4G, UN0336.” The City of Dubuque continues to allow the use of “novelty fireworks” such as party poppers, snappers, drop pops, snakes, and some sparklers. Novelty fireworks may not have more than 0.25 grains of explosive mixture and must state on their packaging “not subject to D.O.T. Hazardous Materials Regulations.”
Iowa legislation signed into law in 2017 legalized the sale and use of fireworks during limited dates – unless a city or county chooses to otherwise restrict or prohibit usage of fireworks, which the City of Dubuque did in 2017.
Any violation of the City’s ordinance limiting or prohibiting fireworks constitutes a simple misdemeanor with a fine no less than $250. Residents who wish to report illegal firework should call the non-emergency dispatch number, 563-589-4415. For additional information on fireworks in Dubuque, please contact Dubuque Fire Marshal Mark Burkle at 563-589-4161 or email

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