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Iowans travel across border to Wisconsin for fireworks

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It's illegal to buy most fireworks in Iowa, so people are traveling across the border to get them.

In Hazel Green, owners are seeing a constant flow of business from Iowans.

"I would say at least half...a majority, a huge part of our business comes from Iowa," said James Marty of Marty's Fireworks. 

Just down the road, the shop, U.S.A Fireworks is experiencing a similar situation. "Oh probably, 75-percent," said owner John Obriecht. John says he sees most customers from surrounding areas within 150-miles of his shop.

"Quad cities, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo...Cedar Falls," he added. 

A group from Dyersville was shopping there for fireworks on Friday. 

Right now, the only types that are allowed in Iowa are sparklers and novelty fireworks.

Earlier this year, some lawmakers tried to pass a bill to make firecrackers and roman candles legal, but it died partially because of safety concerns.

But firework shop owners say they're not that dangerous. "People get hurt when they do dumb things with them and drinking and stuff like that,  so if you're using them the proper way like they should be used, most have instructions on them...if you just do that, you should be fine," James said.



It's a busy time of year for those selling fireworks...except here in Iowa.

As you might know, you can't buy them here since they're illegal.

That means people are driving across the border to Wisconsin to get them.

Some shop owners tell KWWL a big chunk of their business comes from Iowans -- up to 75-percent.

We'll have more on this story tonight in our 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts.

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