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Cedar Rapids City Council bans fireworks

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Fireworks are no longer allowed within the city limits of Cedar Rapids, after the city council voted 6-1 to ban them Tuesday night.

Mayor Ron Corbett was the sole vote against the ban.

"I really don't know any other way to enforce this other than just an outright ban," council member, Ann Poe, said.

The council heard from the public safety committee who, earlier this month, released information on the negative impact fireworks had on the city. They also heard from concern citizens.

"Listen to the citizens of this community who want to live in a safe place, who want to balance celebrations honoring our country's freedom in a way that makes logical sense," one woman said as a plea to the council.

Councilman Scott Olson was one of two council members who first voted against having fireworks in the city when they became legal statewide. He said he voted no back then because of the lengthy time they were allowed, but now there are more reasons to vote no.

"Things got out of hand very quickly, and the activities were beyond anything that I even thought about when I cast that no vote," Olson said.

Members of the council said they had never received so many emails about a single issue prior, than they have with fireworks.

"It was good that the citizens rose up and spoke and brought their thoughts forward, cause that's how we should react to what we do.  And I think, as you saw from the vote today, that had an impact on the remainder of the council," Olson said.

Prior to the vote, the Cedar Rapids Police Department had been working on ways they would enforce a potential ban. On top of ticketing people for illegally using fireworks under a ban, one of the options they're considering is making people, once ticketed, go in front of a judge.

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