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West Des Moines City Council Votes to Ban Use of Fireworks

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  --  The fireworks debate was settled in West Des Moines on Monday night.

After allowing fireworks for six hours on the Fourth of July, on Monday the council voted 4-1 to ban the use of fireworks within city limits.

Police did not issue a single ticket for illegal firework use in July, in part because an officer must see a person light a firework in order to issue a citation. Officers say the new ban will be just as difficult to enforce.

"It's a little like saying you can buy marijuana, you can possess marijuana, but you can only use it on Cheech and Chong's birthday, it doesn't make much sense," said Officer James Barrett of the West Des Moines Police Department.

Because of the large number of complaints, several council members encouraged residents to contact their state lawmakers and encourage them to reinstate Iowa's former ban on fireworks.

Complaints Have West Des Moines, Des Moines Considering Fireworks Ban

DES MOINES, Iowa – Two metro city councils are discussing possible changes to consumer fireworks ordinances Monday.

Des Moines and West Des Moines’ current ordinances allow for fireworks to be set off only between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on July 4th. Now, after receiving hundreds of complaints the cities are looking to make changes.

West Des Moines’ City Council will discuss a proposal at its Monday night meeting to ban the use of consumer fireworks altogether. The ordinance would also impose a $250 fine for anyone found guilty.

At a workshop Monday afternoon, the Des Moines City Council will discuss whether to tighten the current city restrictions on the use of consumer fireworks.

The sale of fireworks in Iowa was made legal earlier this year but numerous cities have put in place strict ordinances about when those fireworks can be used – or have banned the use completely.