DAVENPORT, Iowa — Davenport officials are sending an early warning for firework users this Fourth of July.
The Davenport city ordinance allows legal fireworks from 2 p.m. until 11 p.m. on July 3rd and 4th. They must be used on private property. If used at any other time, a first offense can cost up to $400, with subsequent offenses totaling more than $650.
The Davenport Police and Fire Departments are working together to enforce this ordinance, but encourage community members to report any illegal use.
"We ask people if they have issues of the fireworks, of anything, call 911," said Davenport Assistant Police Chief Jeff Bladel. "We'll get out there. We'll get there when we can get there and we'll investigate and figure out what the issue is."
Davenport Fire Marshall Jim Morris says it's about being a good neighbor.
"We need people to understand that we have people within the community that have PTSD, we have people that have to have their pets medicated in order to do this," he said.
Fire officials are also stressing the importance of proper disposal. Fireworks should be completely watered down and thrown out in a place that children or animals can't reach.
"We want everybody to enjoy. The city hosts a fantastic fireworks display on July 3rd that we want everybody to get out to," said Chief Bladel. "But be courteous to your neighbors. Understand that not everybody enjoys fireworks maybe as much as you do."
Davenport residents should have received an informational flier with firework safety precautions. To read more, click here.