State Fireworks Regulations

When can you light off fireworks?

State Fireworks Regulations

You might be wondering… Am I allowed to light this? What are the laws in my state related to fireworks? Do I need a permit to shoot a fireworks display in my neighborhood? We did some research and compiled the consumer fireworks laws in surrounding states.

South Dakota

If you want to shoot a fireworks display in South Dakota, you must obtain… “a written permit from the governing board of the municipality, township, or county where the public display is to be fired, and shall have purchased fireworks for the display from a licensed wholesaler under this chapter. Any public display shall comply with the National Fire Protection Association Standard 1123, 1995 edition.”

If you want to simply shoot fireworks for personal use in South Dakota, you must wait until the shooting period. South Dakota residents may only discharge fireworks:

  • Between June 27 through the end of the first Sunday after the 4th of July
  • December 28-January 1
North Sioux City, SD

“Any individual or group of individuals, associations or organization making such public display of fireworks shall first secure a written permit so to do from the common council of the city and shall have purchased fireworks for such display from a licensed wholesaler or licensed retailer licensed under the laws of the state of South Dakota.”

Elk Point, SD

If you live up the road in Elk Point, SD, and want to do a fireworks display, you also need a permit from City Council.

Sioux Falls, SD

So sad! Fireworks are illegal within city limits.


If you live in Iowa, you can light fireworks on private property between 9am and 10pm, June 1 through July 8 and December 10 through January 3. BUT if your local government has other rules, you must follow them.

Carroll, IA

“Display fireworks use remains unlawful unless a permit is requested by municipalities, fair associations, amusement parks or other organizations employing a competent operator.”


  • First and Second Class Consumer Fireworks are banned from usage within Carroll City Limits. First Class include sky rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers, missiles, aerial spinners, chasers. Second Class includes fountains, flitter sparklers, ground sparklers, wheels and ground spinners.
  • Usage of novelty fireworks such as sparklers and snakes are permitted within Carroll City limits.

“Each contiguous use or display is a simple misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of not less than $250.00.”

Sioux City, IA

If you live in Sioux City city limits, you are only allowed to use fireworks on your property or a property with written permission. Fireworks are ONLY permitted on the following dates and times:

  • July 3 1:00-11:00 p.m.
  • July 4 1:00-11:00 p.m.
  • December 31 1:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
  • January 1 12:00 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Des Moines, IA

What a bummer! Fireworks are banned in Des Moines.


If you want to shoot a fireworks display in Nebraska, you must apply and obtain a permit from the State Fire Marshal. This also requires a $10 application fee. Fireworks displays with Class B fireworks must be supervised by a licensed Public Display Operator. Class C fireworks (the kind that Zort’s sells) do not need to be supervised.

South Sioux City, NE

“A permit is required to conduct an indoor and/or outdoor pyrotechnics display (by a licensed shooter). The permit fee is $150.00.”


If you want to shoot a fireworks display in Kansas, you have to apply for a display operator permit.


All fireworks displays shall be supervised, managed, or directed by a Missouri licensed operator or pyrotechnic operator on site. Operators must be approved and licensed by the division of Fire Safety. A special display permit cannot be issued until a licensed operator is identified.

Kansas City, MO

If you live in Kansas City, it is illegal to light fireworks.


A copy of a permit for large fireworks displays must be given to a fire or law enforcement official in the municipality which issued the permit at least two days before the date of use.

If you didn’t find your answer here, contact your local municipal department. Please be sure to follow fireworks laws so we can continue to use these awesome products! The more people who are disobeying laws and not following fireworks safety practices, the more stringent the laws will become.

Do you have a permit and need help designing a fireworks display? Visit our Custom Shows page to learn more and contact us.