Waterloo Panel Recommends Tightening Reins on Fireworks Sales

If you thought the debate over fireworks sales in Waterloo was over, you were wrong.

The City’s Planning, Programming and Zoning Commission this week endorsed an ordinance that would limit the temporary stands & tents and the stand-alone fireworks stores to industrial areas.

Retailers in C2 commercial zoning districts would still be allowed to sell fireworks, as long as it wasn’t their primary business.

Existing stand-alone stores like Crossroads Fireworks in the former Christian book store, would be “grandfathered” in, allowing them to keep selling without having to move.

No one from the community objected to the latest proposal, which courts have ruled is one way cities can restrict sales to certain zoning districts.

State law says cities may ban the use of fireworks, which Waterloo and Cedar Falls have done, but may not ban their sales.  Retailers may sell them from a permanent building between June 1st and July 8th, and from December 10th to January 3rd.   The temporary stands may only sell them between June 13th and July 8th.