Bluffs Residents Ready To Set Off Fireworks For First Time In Decades

 (WOWT) -- Iowa will allow fireworks sales for the first time in decades beginning Thursday. Council Bluffs approved a plan Wednesday to allow residents to set them off.

Council Bluffs residents will be able to light up those tanks and roman candles on July 2nd through the 4th of this year from noon to 11 p.m. Fireworks will also be allowed again on New Year’s Eve until 12:30 a.m. on January 1.

It may seem simple on paper but this is only the beginning of a tough road ahead for the city.

“The fact that they basically rammed this through without any input from local municipalities is really frustrating,” said Council Bluffs Fire Chief Justin James.

The state's new law has taken its toll on individual cities. Council Bluffs has been scrambling to figure out whether to legalize fireworks use within city limits. Mayor Matt Walsh shared his frustration at Wednesday’s meeting saying, “I don't have a recommendation and I don't think any of us do. My recommendation would be to keep it illegal.”

Fire Chief Justin James pushed for the city ordinance to stay the way it is. He said, “I'm not going to say that you can't shoot off fireworks safely, but I don't think it's a good idea in populated area. I think the National Fire Protection Association and Iowa Professional Fire Chiefs would agree with me.”

Because the city was forced into making a quick decision this evening, council members asked for more time researching. Officials will reconvene for another meeting on June 12th.


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