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Firework sales now legal in Iowa, nearby Wisconsin shops plan expansion

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Iowa is now in the fireworks game and business owners in nearby Wisconsin are anticipating an impact. 

"It's gonna bring more customers, we're gonna have more customers. We're gonna get bigger," said Patric Marty of Marty's Fireworks.

Marty's Fireworks is located on the border of Iowa, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin. They have been in the firework business for nearly 30 years. Management there is reacting to Iowa's new fireworks law legalizing the sale and use of them. "Oh, we never thought they'd go through with it. We never thought it would happen," said Marty.

Those over the age of 18 will be able to buy and use fireworks previously outlawed, like firecrackers, bottle rockets, and roman candles.

This is only around two times of the year -- the 4th of July and New Year's. 

Companies with a permanent building will be able to sell them from June 1 through July 8 and Dec. 10 through Jan. 3. For companies with temporary structures, such as tents, they can sell fireworks June 13 through July 8.

Business owners in Wisconsin say they have already planned ahead by scoping out places where they will be selling fireworks. "My wife's doing it all the time. Every time we go down to the Quad Cities or anywhere she finds, we go driving and looking at addresses," said Marty. "My wife's out looking at a couple of stands."

According to the new fireworks law, cities can opt out of legalizing the use of them, if they choose to.

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The sale of fireworks is now legal in Iowa.

Gov. Terry Branstad signed Senate File 489 into law allowing the sale of fireworks to consumers. This includes firecrackers, bottle rockets, and roman candles.

However, there are regulations. They can only be sold around two times of the year -- the 4th of July and New Year's. Companies with a permanent building will be able to sell them from June 1 through July 8 and Dec. 10 through Jan. 3. For companies with temporary structures, such as tents, they can sell fireworks June 13 through July 8.

Only people over the age of 18 will be able to purchase them. 

In nearby Wisconsin, business owners of firework shops tell us they plan on expanding operations to the state. We'll have more on this story tonight during the newscast at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

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