It was, by most accounts, a less-aggravating fireworks season in Waterloo, at least according to law enforcement. Police Chief Dan Trelka says the number of fireworks complaints dropped from 716 in 2017, to 577 last year, to 219 this year between June 1st and July 8th.
Trelka says his officers did find one loophole in the ordinance, regarding city parks and he told the city council that he’ll work on filling the gap.
Trelka says it’s always been tough for his officers to catch those setting off fireworks after-hours or before, or in the wrong place, but they did catch up with some violators this year, issuing one citation and about two dozen warnings.
Fire Chief Pat Treloar says there were no serious injuries or damage reported, but there was one close call, when a firecracker landed on the wooden roof of the Hippodrome.
Under the current Waterloo ordinance, it’s legal to set off fireworks on July 3rd, 4th and 5th, from noon to 10 pm on the 3rd and 5th, and from noon to 11 on the 4th.