Iowa Senate Begins Debate On Bill That Would Allow Fireworks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Senate has begun debate on a bill that would allow the sale of fireworks in the state beyond novelties like sparklers.

The Republican-controlled chamber began debate Tuesday afternoon. The bill is expected to pass and head to the House, where it also has support.

The legislation would legalize the retail sale and use of consumer fireworks such as firecrackers and roman candles, which are currently prohibited in Iowa. It would allow the use of such fireworks between certain days in June, July, December and January. Cities and counties could restrict use of the fireworks, but not their sale.

The ban on consumer fireworks has long been a sticking point at the Capitol, though previous attempts to legalize them always fizzled out amid debate over safety.

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