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Washington council to discuss fireworks ordinance in August

Large mortar-style fireworks are seen for sale in Cedar Rapids in mid-June. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)
Large mortar-style fireworks are seen for sale in Cedar Rapids in mid-June. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

WASHINGTON — The discussion surrounding fireworks has caused quite a boom in the city after a resident addressed the City Council at its last meeting about a possible ban after their house caught fire. At the meeting Tuesday night, the council decided to revisit the ordinance at the Aug. 4 meeting.

Mayor Jaron Rosien said the issue has been discussed in work sessions multiple times.

“I share this to say that dozens of diligent hours have been spent on fireworks, and it remains a lose-lose scenario where the room is full of people angry suggesting they cannot (launch fireworks), and the room is full of people who are angry that people do (launch fireworks), and that seems to just go in a circle,” he said.

For that reason, Rosien said he felt there were two options: keep the ordinance or amend it to make fireworks illegal. Even if fireworks are illegal to shoot off, they will still be sold in town, he said, because Iowa State law allows it.