Skip to comments.Iowa Banned Most Fireworks 76 Years Ago. Now One Lawmaker Is Trying to Change That.
Posted on 07/04/2014 8:40:01 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
Jerri Andersen wasnt impressed by the Fourth of July fireworks display at her local Hy-Vee in Urbandale, Iowa.
Of course, its not their fault, she said.
And it isnt. 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 wouldnt 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.
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I am surprised. ..growing up we would visit my uncle and they would have a small arsenal of them!! Good times ;)
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.
Your uncle must have made “Runs to the Border(MO,SD, NE)”. MO is where you get the GOOD Stuff.
“...started by reckless use of sparklers.”
See any parallels here in the effort to ban certain types of firearms?
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!
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.
Reminds me of gun control.
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.
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,
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
I grew up in Putnam County, HS in Unionville. Bet you bought you fireworks at Hunt’s stand.
It was about 25 feet south of the Iowa line...
Yep, that was Hunt’s. Started precisely to meet the cross border demand.
More like a large portion of the nation’s weed supply.
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
Long live Joe Dirt...Spade can really crack me up sometimes.
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.
Yes Akron is right on the big Sioux river to SD.
Great to see kids blowing stuff up. Thanks.
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.