Council OKs using part of fireworks fines for big city show
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — The Fort Dodge City Council has approved a plan to use a portion of fireworks fines to help pay for a professional pyrotechnics show on Independence Day.
The Messenger reports that the council voted 5-1 for the plan Monday. The city will give to the fireworks show whichever is greater: $5,000 or half of the fireworks fines collected each year.
City ordinances say people may use fireworks from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 1-3 and from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 4. They also may be used between 5 p.m. Dec. 31 and 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1.
People convicted of violating the fireworks rules can be fined $500.
Fort Dodge police officers responded to 604 fireworks complaints between June 1 and July 8 and issued 49 citations.
Information from: The Messenger, http://www.messengernews.net