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(Quad City Times)   "The time has come to legalize fireworks in Iowa"   (qctimes.com) divider line 40
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2014-03-23 12:20:38 PM
Was always fun growing up in VA where fireworks are legal, and close to MD, where they are not. MD police actually set up hidden police cars near the DC/MD border, and when people buy fireworks at a fireworks stand in DC and cross the border, the police pull them over and take their boxes of fireworks (sometimes out of the hands of crying kids in the back seat) and write the driver a ticket. HA HA!
 
2014-03-23 12:23:08 PM
Then it happened, kids. Late one day on July 4th, 2016, the entire state of Iowa burned to the ground after little Timmy set off a black cat in the south 40. It were a plain state, as plains states be.

There was popcorn and body parts far as the eye can see.

Most people don't remember now...

Pepperidge Farm remembers.
 
2014-03-23 01:13:07 PM
I have thoughts both for and against selling fireworks to the general public.

Loved buying them on TN and shooting them off as a kid.

Can't stand the stupid FL loophole that allows the public to freely lie about their use and act so irresponsibly with them.

Like the idiots firing guns up in the air, they come down and can make an awful mess of things.
 
2014-03-23 02:22:50 PM

NewportBarGuy: Then it happened, kids. Late one day on July 4th, 2016, the entire state of Iowa burned to the ground after little Timmy set off a black cat in the south 40. It were a plain state, as plains states be.

There was popcorn and body parts far as the eye can see.

Most people don't remember now...

Pepperidge Farm remembers.


It was absolute cornage
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2014-03-23 02:24:50 PM
img231.imageshack.us

Hell, yeah
 
2014-03-23 02:27:12 PM
Not only should they be legal, but every child should be required to play with them during the summer. Why would you stay inside and play video games when you could be launching bottle rockets and roman candles at your friends.
 
2014-03-23 02:27:32 PM
About damn time!

Oh, who am I kidding. Urbandale will outlaw them 30 seconds after they are approved statewide.
 
2014-03-23 02:29:52 PM
Do you really want full-auto assault fireworks happening, Iowa?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUYVGa5J1i4

Just say no.
 
2014-03-23 02:31:50 PM
Raise your hands  fingerless stumps if you want to legalize fireworks
 
2014-03-23 02:39:49 PM
Iowa's 76-year-old fireworks ban may have been born of noble intentions. But it fizzles in effect.
www.evilskippyatwork.com
 
2014-03-23 02:44:34 PM

CipollinaFan: Not only should they be legal, but every child should be required to play with them during the summer. Why would you stay inside and play video games when you could be launching bottle rockets and roman candles at your friends.


BECAUSE MY EARS ARE SENSITIVE!

/also I didn't have any friends
//except my dog
///she didn't like fireworks
 
2014-03-23 02:44:42 PM

ilikeracecars: Raise your hands  fingerless stumps if you want to legalize fireworks


The proper etiquette is to launch them from your hands horizontally towards your friends. Permanent blinding counts 10 points; finger loss just one.
 
2014-03-23 02:49:57 PM
...cause fewer house fires than Christmas lights.

www.qualitylogoproducts.com

The Fourth of July did this!
 
2014-03-23 02:51:19 PM

CipollinaFan: Not only should they be legal, but every child should be required to play with them during the summer. Why would you stay inside and play video games when you could be launching bottle rockets and roman candles at your friends.


You I like in a thread that is sure to be full of stick in the muds and authoritarians from both the left and right.
 
2014-03-23 02:53:14 PM
Free The Bang
 
2014-03-23 02:55:26 PM

Walker: Was always fun growing up in VA where fireworks are legal, and close to MD, where they are not. MD police actually set up hidden police cars near the DC/MD border, and when people buy fireworks at a fireworks stand in DC and cross the border, the police pull them over and take their boxes of fireworks (sometimes out of the hands of crying kids in the back seat) and write the driver a ticket. HA HA!


We had this at the Illinois/Indiana border when I was growing up too.  As long as you weren't an idiot who loaded up an drive straight back into Illinois you were fine.  Buy fireworks, drive a bit deeper into Indiana to stop for lunch, and then drive back into IL using a different road than the one you came in on.
 
2014-03-23 02:56:19 PM
The writer of that editorial is in the pocket of Big Bang.
 
2014-03-23 02:58:56 PM
Have they had trouble with smugglers bringing in really cool fitecrackers that do more than sound like a snapped stick of spaghetti? Srsly, once you're moving product might as well get the good stuff. Hence cocaine instead of coca leaves.
 
2014-03-23 03:01:05 PM
I would miss my annual trip to Northern Missouri to pick up the load.
Our local cop drives by to make sure there is adult supervising and sometimes to enjoy a fountain or two. As long as you don't get carried away they leave you alone. Unless your are a kid then they tackle you, cuff you and take you in. They really hate the kids around here!
 
2014-03-23 03:01:20 PM

AirForceVet: I have thoughts both for and against selling fireworks to the general public.

Loved buying them on TN and shooting them off as a kid.

Can't stand the stupid FL loophole that allows the public to freely lie about their use and act so irresponsibly with them.

Like the idiots firing guns up in the air, they come down and can make an awful mess of things.


It's worse than that. I live in FL, and love fireworks displays at parties. One New Years I decided I wanted to do a larger than typical display, and decided - just to be prudent - to apply for the actual permit technically required to have a display.

Nobody at the city hall, police, or fire departments knew how I could obtain the permit. I personally spoke with the County Fire Chief. He didn't know either. I had a two hour long, $3,000 display complete with over 300 3" mortars.

No permit. No problem.

Something is wrong with that.

We use extreme caution. We clear and soak the launch areas, use platforms, remote ignition devices. We inform neighbors, have fire suppression devices and hoses from multiple homes run, and a 5,000gph pump from the canal. Just in case.

How many people do you think do that?
 
2014-03-23 03:01:41 PM
My dad grew up in Iowa, and he tells a story about a store right on the Missouri state line where the counter was in both states. You could buy fireworks on one side, but the other you couldn't. Now, I'm not going to call my dad a liar but I'm not sure I believe it.
 
2014-03-23 03:02:38 PM

wildcardjack: Have they had trouble with smugglers bringing in really cool fitecrackers that do more than sound like a snapped stick of spaghetti? Srsly, once you're moving product might as well get the good stuff. Hence cocaine instead of coca leaves.


I have seen guys from Iowa bringing back truck loads to sell to the "regular" customers. Same this as the cigarettes that have a lot lower tax in Missouri.
 
2014-03-23 03:05:41 PM

Chevello: My dad grew up in Iowa, and he tells a story about a store right on the Missouri state line where the counter was in both states. You could buy fireworks on one side, but the other you couldn't. Now, I'm not going to call my dad a liar but I'm not sure I believe it.


Sounds like something they would do in Lineville?
 
2014-03-23 03:17:06 PM
In Ohio...

Go to a fireworks store, buy as much as you want, sign a paper saying you are taking them into West Virgina....

/can buy them, can't set them off
//is never enforced
 
2014-03-23 03:19:31 PM
No way, that'll take all the fun out of driving to Wisconsin or Missouri to buy them.
 
2014-03-23 03:37:33 PM

Clemkadidlefark: [picture of tank]



The "tank" firework was one of the select few fireworks my mom let us get. We didn't get anything that left the ground, just smoke bombs and snakes and other terrestrial mediocrity.

img.fark.net
In hindsight it's pretty cool, but as a kid I wanted those mortars that the neighbors had.
 
2014-03-23 03:37:50 PM
One of the reasons for them being illegal in the first place was back in the 1930s where a fireworks display in a drugstore in Spencer caught fire and burned down a good part of town.

If you were to legalize them again, I'm pretty sure the local economies of the Missouri, Wisconsin and South Dakota border towns would collapse.
 
2014-03-23 04:29:04 PM
My right to inadvertently burn down a farmer's corn field shall not be impinged.

I also like to say nanny state a lot and give babies chainsaws.  These colors don't run.  I eat chicken with my bare hands.

This horny pony cannot be caged.

Now is the time we take our shirts off and make Wooooooooooooooooooo! noises.
 
2014-03-23 04:39:36 PM
Michigan just finally got rid of the ban last year. It's simply a sales tax and license money grab by the state. It costs each temp vendor $800 per year for a license and 1000 for a perm license. Then of course they put in all the restrictions so you can't use any unless its a day so near a holiday. Thought of opening my own store but with limited demand with all the restrictions the customers can't shoot them off so there won't be the demand the rest of the year. Screw Michigan I'll by mine in Indiana like I have been for years.
 
2014-03-23 05:28:58 PM

Walker: Was always fun growing up in VA where fireworks are legal, and close to MD, where they are not. MD police actually set up hidden police cars near the DC/MD border, and when people buy fireworks at a fireworks stand in DC and cross the border, the police pull them over and take their boxes of fireworks (sometimes out of the hands of crying kids in the back seat) and write the driver a ticket. HA HA!


Now they wait just south of the PA boarder. Phantom fireworks set up a nice shop outside of Breezewood PA. They have a huge line when I drive by on my way to see family in July.
 
2014-03-23 05:59:35 PM
www.hooksettfireworks.com
 
2014-03-23 06:13:24 PM

Eddie T. Head: One of the reasons for them being illegal in the first place was back in the 1930s where a fireworks display in a drugstore in Spencer caught fire and burned down a good part of town.

If you were to legalize them again, I'm pretty sure the local economies of the Missouri, Wisconsin and South Dakota border towns would collapse.


Too bad for them!  Iowa might as well cash in on the sales tax revenue instead of pretending that no one from Iowa buys fireworks.  Hey!  Instead of raising the fuel tax, how about send the fireworks tax revenue into the roads fund!!  Win-Win-Win
 
2014-03-23 06:25:09 PM
I wish they'd allow aerial fireworks in CT. Technically, we're allowed only sparklers, but fortunately the definition of 'sparkler' has been broadened somewhat over the years, to include some pretty decent crackling and whistling fountains, and lately Catherine wheels. It would be nice to let off Roman candles, and the occasional rocket, though.
 
2014-03-23 09:07:41 PM
So far, the Iowa legislature has decided that fireworks and silencers for guns are OK, but medical marijuana is too dangerous to legalize.  Sounds about right.
 
2014-03-23 09:11:11 PM
Writer leaves out best part. Fewer Iowans.
 
2014-03-24 02:06:05 AM
 
2014-03-24 04:39:22 AM
And can I light the fuse with the glow from my ... uh.... Jazz Cigarette?
 
Skr
2014-03-24 06:19:54 AM
One of the good things Jesse "The Body" Ventura did for Minnesota was to legalize basic fireworks. Still was a ban on crackers like Blackcats and rockets but nice to have access to all the other stuff now. Wisconsin and/or South Dakota were always the go to places for firework runs.
 
2014-03-24 10:08:08 AM
I always find the fireworks laws amusing here in Ohio. You can buy any Class C fireworks you want, you just have to sign a paper that states you are taking them out of the state within 48 hours and won't set them off while still in Ohio.

Of course, almost no one actually follows that agreement and the week surrounding July 4th is great fun for anyone who likes fireworks. The small town my brother lives in was unable to afford the annual July 4th fireworks show last year. A few of us put some money together, picked up 25 multi-shot boxes of various sizes, three mortar kits (with a total of 60 rounds) and put on a show. We used a very large empty lot, a solid surface for launching and gave the town a better show than the 'professionals' usually do for about 25% of the price. (According to audience feedback) We had necessary safety equipment, a 'launch zone' with no one allowed near except those of us running the show, multiple fire extinguishers, etc. etc. The local fire department just 'happened' to park a truck and crew across the street at the baseball field and the deputy on duty for that night just warned us not to let any minors handle the fireworks. Some of the local businesses have even offered to quietly pitch in some money for this summer to make sure there is a show again this July 4th.

There's just nothing quite like setting off multiple mortar rounds simultaneously and being close enough to feel the concussion. I look forward to the 4th of July all year because it is the one day when I can set off as much stuff as I like and no one cares.

/csb
//yes, I still have all of my fingers
 
2014-03-24 02:13:51 PM

God-is-a-Taco: Clemkadidlefark: [picture of tank]


The "tank" firework was one of the select few fireworks my mom let us get. We didn't get anything that left the ground, just smoke bombs and snakes and other terrestrial mediocrity.


In hindsight it's pretty cool, but as a kid I wanted those mortars that the neighbors had.


The fun part of tanks is blowing them up with m-80s or shooting at them with roman candles
 
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