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Iowans head to surrounding states to purchase fireworks

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HAZEL GREEN, Wis. (KWWL) -

It's still illegal to buy and light fireworks in the state of Iowa. During the Iowa legislative session, a bill tried to change the law regarding fireworks in the state of Iowa. The proposal aimed to legalize the sale and use of fireworks for those 18 years and older.

The proposal had support, but ran into strong opposition from insurance companies, firefighters, and medical groups.

Under current Iowa law, people can possess them, but only licensed professionals can set them off. Surrounding states, however do legally sell fireworks. Iowans can go to Missouri or Wisconsin, for example, purchase fireworks, and then bring them back over the state line

Cid Irvine lives in Independence, Iowa. He heads to Wisconsin almost every year to purchase fireworks with his family.

"I see a lot of people from Iowa here," Irvine said.

Lawmakers KWWL spoke with Wednesday couldn't put a dollar amount on it, but say the sale of fireworks would keep businesses and potential tax dollars in the state.

Alan Esch is the President of the Iowa Firefighters Association. He said the Associations biggest concern with eliminating a fireworks ban would be safety and property damage. He told KWWL fireworks can create life changing events and it doesn't make since to eliminate the ban.

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