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Ottumwa Police are urging residents to practice social distancing this 4th of July

Published: Jul. 1, 2020 at 12:04 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) -Ottumwa Police are urging residents to continue to practice social distancing this holiday weekend.

Sgt. Kyle DeRonde says even though state covid-19 restrictions have eased, it's important for residents to remember the virus is still out there.

"One of the things we recommend is social distancing. I know family members and people will be getting together during the holiday's and it is important to remember that still is a thing and people to use their best judgment on how to handle that situation."

Police say they will be out patrolling through the holiday weekend, but they are hoping residents follow social distancing and remember the city's code when it comes to fireworks.

"So the city code allow people to use an explode their fireworks, fireworks they may have purchased here locally between the hours of 4:00p and 10:30p on July 4th."

DeRonde reminds folks even though fireworks are now legal in the state of Iowa, discharging fireworks in city parks or on grounds is illegal and is punishable by a fine up to $500, but according the Ottumwa Fire Chief Tony Miller that’s not the only thing residents should keep in mind.

"The most dangerous thing is a sparkler that's one of the most dangerous things. Kids step on them every single year."

Miller says to keep a water bucket nearby for when the sparkler goes out.

"The 4th of July is a holiday and is a celebration that is celebrated by many where family and friends can get together. That always a good thing especially since we are in a time when I guess things seem to be down in the world, it's a time people can reflect and maybe move towards a positive."

A positive he says that’ll keep everyone safe, even in the middle of the covid-19 pandemic.

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