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Cedar Falls proposes fireworks ban for the second time

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After a Fourth of July that had many Iowans rushing to buy and set off hundreds of dollars worth of their own fireworks, cities like Cedar Falls are considering putting the decades-old ban on consumer fireworks back in place.

Cedar Falls considered an outright ban earlier this summer, but sent the item back to Public Safety Director, Jeff Olson, for more consideration.  Monday, Olson made the recommendation to allow fireworks just four days of the year, July 2nd through July 4th and December 31st.

The discussion quickly turned to enforcement issues, since the city must allow the sale of fireworks during the month leading up to July 4th and New Year's Eve.

"I think whether we ban it or not, they are going to use them, and we don't have a way of keeping them from doing it," said Councilman Frank Darrah.

Olson called his recommendation a compromise, but council members on both sides of the issue were still not happy with the proposed solution.

"We went from 72 days of legal fireworks, down to four days of legal fireworks.  To me, that seems a little bit too knee-jerky," said Councilman Nick Taiber.

"I am getting most people contacting me and saying, 'Please, don't do it,'" said Councilman Dave Wieland.

The recommendation to allow fireworks four days out of the year failed three votes to four, before a recommendation was made for a complete ban.  The motion to ban fireworks passed four votes to three, sending the recommendation back to city council for the second time in recent months.

Cedar Falls City Council will have to vote on the ban before it becomes official.  Back in August, Cedar Rapids passed a complete ban on consumer fireworks.

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