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Cedar Rapids bans use of fireworks within city limits

In this Thursday, June 15, 2017 photo, Bryce Walter, of Ankeny, Iowa, talks with customer Deb Crowl, right, about fireworks for sale in a tent owned by the Iowa Fireworks Company, in Adel, Iowa. Decades after a devastating fire caused by a dropped sparkler led Iowa to ban fireworks, the explosives are now legal in the state. But fireworks retailers and people eager to set off the explosives are finding that many local officials remain keenly aware of that fire so many years ago. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The City of Cedar Rapids has banned the use of fireworks just days before the state's second period of legal sales and use begins.

The city council unanimously voted to ban all use of fireworks within city limits, with councilwoman Ann Poe not voting due to an absence.

Cedar Rapids passed new rules restricting where fireworks could be sold in last month. The city of Marion recently voted to limit fireworks use to two days. limiting use to July 4th and New Year's Eve.

Cedar Rapids city leaders decided to install new ordinances regarding fireworks use after an increase in injuries and noise complaints during the first legal fireworks period.

The second legal fireworks period begins Dec. 10 and runs through Jan. 3.


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