City of Moline Clarifies Fireworks Law, What’s Legal and Not Legal


The City of Moline is making sure residents know the difference between legal and illegal fireworks. In a release to the media on Tuesday, city officials stated that the only legal fireworks in the City of Moline are sparklers, snakes, smoke bombs and snaps. While, illegal fireworks include kyrockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, mortars, M-100’s, M-80’s, cherry bombs, firecrackers, and helicopters. The use of these types of fireworks without a permit is illegal. Moline Fire Chief Steve Regenwether in that same release from the City of Moline stated:

“We encourage all residents of Moline to leave the fireworks to the professionals,” said Moline Fire Chief Steve Regenwether. “Not only is their use illegal, they are also a fire hazard, frighten pets and can trigger citizens suffering from post-traumatic stress.”

Moline Police Chief Darren Gault followed up on that statement with some statistics regarding illegal fireworks:

“The Moline Police Department receives over 100 complaints about fireworks every year around the Fourth of July. Fireworks are not only dangerous, but are disruptive. We understand everyone wants to have fun, but there are dozens of organized fireworks displays free of charge and fun for everyone,” said Moline Police Chief Darren Gault.

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