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House committee to consider legalizing fireworks

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DES MOINES (AP) -

Iowa lawmakers are considering legislation that would legalize consumer sale and use of fireworks in the state.

Rep. Matt Windschitl, a Republican from Missouri Valley, says the measure will receive necessary approval Monday from a House Ways and Means subcommittee. It will then go to the full committee for a vote.

The bill would allow anyone over 18 to purchase and use novelty and consumer fireworks within the state.

Current law prohibits it, with violations carrying a simple misdemeanor charge.

Opponents say the bill opens up the state to an increased risk of injuries and structural damage. But Windschitl says he believes Iowans are responsible enough to appropriately handle fireworks.

Similar legislation has been approved in a Senate committee and is eligible for floor debate.

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