Plenty of fireworks could be heard going off across eastern Iowa this Fourth of July holiday due to a recent change in state law.
But the City of Manchester was one of those communities that chose to stick with their current ordinance and ban the use of consumer-grade fireworks in city limits.
Manchester Police Chief Jim Hauschild tells KMCH his department did receive a few complaints of fireworks over the Fourth, but he didn’t believe it was worse than any other year. He says no citations were issued.
The sales of fireworks were allowed in Manchester, but only with permits through the state and City. City Manager Tim Vick says no one applied for a permit through the City, which meant no one could legally sell consumer-grade fireworks in Manchester this holiday. A couple of our KMCH Facebook followers commented on our KMCH Facebook page that the Manchester Walmart was selling fireworks. The Manchester Police Department checked into that report – Chief Hauschild says he called Walmart and asked them to remove the fireworks from their shelves. He says they did and no charges were filed.