Bill Passes Iowa House to Legalize Fireworks

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DES MOINES, Iowa – A bill to legalize fireworks in Iowa passed the Iowa House Wednesday night.

The Des Moines Register reported that the decision came after more than an hour of debate.

The bill passed the House in a 53-43 vote and is now headed to the Senate, which has passed a similar bill out of committee.

Medical organizations including the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association and the Iowa Nurses Association have opposed the changes.

Iowa is one of only five states that ban firework sales, except for snakes and sparklers.

Rep. Matt Windschitl said with the new bill individual city councils could choose to ban or restrict fireworks as they see fit.

The bill would make the sale and purchase of fireworks legal Iowa beginning Dec. 1, 2015.