The tents are up. It is officially fireworks season in Iowa. And while the explosive products are legal to buy throughout the state, where you are allowed to set them off varies greatly.

Fireworks were illegal in the state of Iowa for decades. Then our long nightmare was over and they became legal to purchase several years ago. But that first year saw many Iowans go nuts over their new right to blow stuff up. Fireworks were set off at all times of the day. Neighborhoods sounded like war zones. So the state allowed cities to enact their own ordinances that would control where fireworks could be sold, and if they could be set off within city limits. It has left Iowans a bit in the dark and confused.

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KWWL reports that these are the rules involving fireworks in the major cities in Eastern Iowa.

Cedar Rapids - Fireworks within the city of Cedar Rapids are prohibited under any circumstances. Illegal use could result in fines and court appearances. For more information, you can click HERE.

Marion - The city of Marion will allow the use of fireworks on July 4th at noon through 11 p.m. They may only be set off on personal property and not in city parks.

Marion also allows fireworks over the New Year's holiday. For more information, click HERE.

Iowa City - Fireworks in Iowa City are prohibited under any circumstances. Violators can be fined a minimum of $250. For more information, click HERE.

Coralville - Fireworks within the city of Coralville are prohibited, with the exception of displays done by insured operators approved by the city. Violators face a fine of $250. For more information, click HERE.

North Liberty - The use of fireworks in North Liberty is prohibited. Click HERE for more information.

Waterloo - The city of Waterloo will allow fireworks to be set off on July 3rd from noon to 11 p.m. and July 4th from noon to 11 p.m. for more information, click HERE.

Cedar Falls - The city of Cedar Falls will allow fireworks on July 3rd from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on July 4th from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Click HERE for more information.

The bottom line is if you are unsure about the rules regarding fireworks in the town you live in, call city officials and check.

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