Celebrate but it’s a Dud

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Fireworks are now legal for the first time in Iowa since 1937. That means they were outlawed before my dad was 5 years old. I am now 50 and they are once again legal. Well sort of anyway.

The Iowa Assembly and the Governor legalized fireworks in the State of Iowa this spring. Unfortunately they allowed cities and municipalities to set their own regulations on fireworks. Enabling them to opt-out of the law. So they might be legal in one neighborhood but not legal on the next street over if you cross any official city limits.

Also the local fire marshals are the ones in charge of issuing permits to sell fireworks. And they have no accountability. They can deny a permit if they don’t like you. Or if they don’t like fireworks even if they are legal in the jurisdiction.

This kind of nonsense is why the Iowa Assembly passed a state-wide minimum wage law this spring. To avoid the patchwork of minimum wage laws by local jurisdictions. How quickly they forget.

And this is also why the Iowa Assembly passed the “shall issue” legislation several years ago on gun permits. Eliminating the problem of local sherrifs issuing permits only to people they liked or shared a political affiliation with them.

The Iowa Assembly needs to go back and amend the fireworks law to end the patchwork of local jurisdictions and prejudices of local fire marshals across the State.

Otherwise the fireworks stores on Interstate 35 south of the Iowa border will continue to get tax revenue from Iowans buying fireworks. Legal or not.

Author: bynw

Chris aka "bynw" is the site owner and primary post author. A life-long conservative Constitutionalist when it comes to politics. A believer and follower of Jesus Christ. A Linux enthusiast. And a gamer.

2 thoughts on “Celebrate but it’s a Dud”

  1. I had a fireworks event at my house. As my neighbors were sending them into the air, I could hear them hitting the gutters of my house. A neighbor sent one into the air a few years back. It was a GI Joe, complete with parachute and flames coming out his feet. The soldier landed on another neighbors roof and started it on fire. That particular home-owner was a Dallas county Sheriff deputy. After the fire was out, the person that sent GI joe into the air was cited with a ticket. I strongly oppose fireworks in Iowa.

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    1. So what I see is you have careless and irresponsible neighbors. They could be hitting your gutters with sticks, rocks, and other objects. They could be lighting tiki torches on fire (which are and have been always legal) and doing a “hold my beer” moment and tossing them up into the air to catch them. Hitting a neighbor’s roof and catching it on fire. It’s not the fireworks that are the problem.

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