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June 8, 2017 Governing bodies wrestle with new fireworks law
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Close your eyes. Take a deep breath in. And out. Now imagine it is the Fourth of July. Inhale the smoky charcoal of the grill. Burgers and hot dogs; yummmm. Taste the juicy sweet of the watermelon trickling down your cheek. Feel the Frisbee floating out of your hand. Watch it glide through the wind. What could make this holiday any better?


Unless, of course, you are a city or county law official.

Gov. Terry Branstad signed a new law May 22 that permits the sale of fireworks in Iowa from June 1 to July 8, and again from Dec. 10 to Jan. 3. While it is difficult to see a downfall with fireworks, city and county officials find they have not had enough time to set rules and regulations for their sale and use in their towns.

Kalona has no intention to change anything. Their only concern is that fireworks not be permitted within city limits.

Johnson County has issued a 90-day moratorium that prohibits the use of fireworks. Josh Busard, the director of planning, development and sustainability, said they are considering their zoning options for the sale of fireworks in the county.

Other than the moratorium, they have no further rules for this law. They will continue doing research to find the best result.

Riverside City Council issued a ban on the use of fireworks at its meeting Monday night. They will hold this ban until, like Johnson County, they have done additional research on the most beneficial option for fireworks.

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