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Lawmakers react to fireworks law

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Independence Day has come and gone, but you'll likely continue hearing and seeing fireworks through the weekend.

The statewide law allows people to light fireworks through Saturday, but some local laws override state law.

The bill makes fireworks legal, and it was approved back in March in a final vote of 34 in favor with 14 opposing the measure.

The House then gave the bill approval in April with 56 representatives voting in favor over 41 saying no.

It's been a noisy week across the state, and despite several fireworks complaints, most lawmakers are calling the new law a big success.

Meanwhile, lawmakers are also accepting feedback.

"Judging by how many fireworks we heard, I think a lot of people are liking the new law and excited about it," Representative Walt Rogers said.

"What we're trying to do is capture the good, and manage the downsides at the same time," Senator Jeff Danielson said.

Democrat State Senator Jeff Danielson and Republican State Representative Walt Rogers of Cedar Falls agree that the new fireworks law was a success, despite some complaints.

"Most of the people that have reached out to me and complained about it are about people who are not actually following the law," Sen. Danielson said.

"Parents with little kids are little bit frustrated sometimes, and I acknowledge that, and I've got my own grandkids, and we've had a tough time getting some of them to sleep. Personally, I would like to see the cities fall in line with what the state law is so it's uniform across the state," Rep. Rogers said.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that fireworks vendors are good for Iowa's economy.

"I think it's good for Iowa, and I think it's good for the acknowledgement for the celebration of this country," Rep. Rogers said.

"Keep in mind, the state law gives cities and counties the capability of banning fireworks completely. So, you should speak to the mayor, the board of supervisors, and city council people. I see them fairly regularly too, and give that feedback," Sen. Danielson said.

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