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Iowa Banned Most Fireworks 76 Years Ago. Now One Lawmaker Is Trying to Change That.
The Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal ^ | July 04, 2014 | by Paul Brennen

Posted on 07/04/2014 8:40:01 AM PDT by US Navy Vet

Jerri Andersen wasn’t impressed by the Fourth of July fireworks display at her local Hy-Vee in Urbandale, Iowa.

“Of course, it’s not their fault,” she said.

And it isn’t. The supermarket was displaying the only types of fireworks people can buy or possess in Iowa without a special permit: sparklers and snakes.

All other consumer fireworks were banned in Iowa 76 years ago, following devastating fires in Spencer and Remen. The ban wouldn’t have prevented either fire. Both are believed to have been started by reckless use of sparklers.

Andersen, from Colorado where most fireworks are legal, eventually decided on a package of multicolored sparklers.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailysignal.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: fireworks; iowa; wuss
Iowa is SUCH a WUSSY State alot of the time(Look who we are STUCK with for "Governor").
1 posted on 07/04/2014 8:40:01 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

I am surprised. ..growing up we would visit my uncle and they would have a small arsenal of them!! Good times ;)


2 posted on 07/04/2014 8:48:03 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: US Navy Vet

I get it in some States. Here in CA the drought is so bad we’d lose a large portion of the nation’s food supply if a fire started in a few “wrong” places.


3 posted on 07/04/2014 8:49:40 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: wyowolf

Your uncle must have made “Runs to the Border(MO,SD, NE)”. MO is where you get the GOOD Stuff.


4 posted on 07/04/2014 8:49:54 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

“...started by reckless use of sparklers.”

See any parallels here in the effort to ban certain types of firearms?


5 posted on 07/04/2014 8:58:08 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: US Navy Vet

It’s ironic that sparklers are still legal, whereas ground-based cone-style fireworks are not. As a parent, I never got the kids sparklers - long, sharp, very hot and held in the hand. They just seemed like a blind eye waiting to happen. Hated ‘em!


6 posted on 07/04/2014 9:01:32 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: US Navy Vet
I think my state of ND does it right.

You can buy whatever you want - subject to Federal guidelines (oddly no bottle rockets) - for the week of the 4th and New Years. Then they are illegal again. So the noise is limited.

The cities can have their own ordinances which are generally ignored.

7 posted on 07/04/2014 9:03:27 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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8 posted on 07/04/2014 9:03:48 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: US Navy Vet
All other consumer fireworks were banned in Iowa 76 years ago, following devastating fires in Spencer and Remen. The ban wouldn’t have prevented either fire.

Reminds me of gun control.

9 posted on 07/04/2014 9:04:13 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: US Navy Vet
Living in Appanoose County, it was SOP for us to make a run down to Unionville, MO for big firecrackers, cheap gas and $.85 sixpacks...
10 posted on 07/04/2014 9:05:26 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Steve_Seattle
"It’s ironic that sparklers are still legal, whereas ground-based cone-style fireworks are not."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOz7b_b6jv8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzHbm-pNKgc

11 posted on 07/04/2014 9:06:22 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: US Navy Vet
But I like snakes & sparklers...
12 posted on 07/04/2014 9:08:42 AM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Last Dakotan

I live in a large liberal city where fireworks for the prols is verboten. I appreciate that even in this liberal mecca there is a streak of rebellion among the populace. All around the 4th of July in the early evening you hear the “swoosh, BANG” and “screeee, BOOM” of fireworks going off in the city. It gives me a bit of hope that there are still those who will stand up and ignore the authorities.


13 posted on 07/04/2014 9:30:18 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: US Navy Vet

Concur. I was born in Iowa, lived some time there, and went to college there.

By and large, the mindset is safety over liberty among most Iowegians. I’m struck by a total lack of fire in the belly. Southern counties being an exception,


14 posted on 07/04/2014 9:36:11 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: US Navy Vet

You can do some very interesting things with sparklers if that is all you are allowed.

1000 sparkler rocket / bomb / torch / fountain / volcano / what ever you want to call it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK3Qb7jODSI

2000 Sparklers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJEe8LFtD4o

10,000 Sparklers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nKS1BPD1_w

Sparkler Rocket
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dzpc_vGN45s


15 posted on 07/04/2014 9:36:40 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: kiryandil

16 posted on 07/04/2014 9:42:46 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I grew up in Putnam County, HS in Unionville. Bet you bought you fireworks at Hunt’s stand.


17 posted on 07/04/2014 9:45:33 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SampleMan

It was about 25 feet south of the Iowa line...


18 posted on 07/04/2014 9:48:35 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Yep, that was Hunt’s. Started precisely to meet the cross border demand.


19 posted on 07/04/2014 9:53:23 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SampleMan
There was also a little 3.2 bar that collected Iowegians on Sundays.
That was back when no liquor or beer was sold on Sunday.
20 posted on 07/04/2014 10:18:39 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: RIghtwardHo

More like a large portion of the nation’s weed supply.


21 posted on 07/04/2014 12:16:55 PM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: FlJoePa
Joe Dirt: So you're gonna tell me that you don't have no black cats, no Roman Candles, or screaming mimis?

Kicking Wing: No.

Joe Dirt: Oh come on, man. You got no lady fingers, fuzz buttles, snicker bombs, church burners, finger blasters, gut busters, zippity do das, or crap flappers?

Kicking Wing: No, I don't.

Joe Dirt: You're gonna stand there, ownin' a fireworks stand, and tell me you don't have no whistlin' bungholes, no spleen splitters, whisker biscuits, honkey lighters, hoosker doos, hoosker don'ts, cherry bombs, nipsy daisers, with or without the scooter stick, or one single whistlin' kitty chaser?

Kicking Wing: No... because snakes and sparklers are the only ones I like.

Joe Dirt: Well that might be your problem, it's not what you like, it's the consumer.

===============

Thank you, Joe Dirt. You taught me to sell the good stuff

22 posted on 07/04/2014 1:02:09 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: kiryandil

Long live Joe Dirt...Spade can really crack me up sometimes.


23 posted on 07/04/2014 1:04:52 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: Joe 6-pack

We used to do that. My late Father in law and I had a lot of fun with sparklers, duct tape, and a blow torch.

He died four years ago tomorrow. Great memories.


24 posted on 07/04/2014 3:26:30 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Yes Akron is right on the big Sioux river to SD.


25 posted on 07/04/2014 4:05:36 PM PDT by wyowolf
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To: Joe 6-pack

Great to see kids blowing stuff up. Thanks.


26 posted on 07/04/2014 4:13:01 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: US Navy Vet
Iowa Banned Most Fireworks 76 Years Ago. Now One Lawmaker Is Trying to Change That.

Maine recently legalized fireworks after a long-standing ban. Today, a bomb went off rattling my windows. I sounded like a building blew up.

No screaming, no sirens.

27 posted on 07/04/2014 4:21:41 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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