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With Fireworks, Be a Good Neighbor


Hoping to avoid serious injuries and fires, Davenport residents are being reminded to follow the law and focus on safety when they celebrate the 4th of July.

Fire Marshall Jim Morris says Davenport will allow people to set off legal fireworks only on July 3rd and 4th, only on private property, and only from 2 to 11 pm each day.

"And realize we do have people in the community who suffer from PTSD, we have people who have to medicate their animals because of the loud noises, and not everybody celebrates the 4th of July the same. We just ask that everybody be a good neighbor."

Last year, Morris says fireworks caused a dozen fires, in homes and cars, and many minor injuries. Plus there were four serious injuries requiring either amputation or some other type of surgery.

He also hopes people will be good neighbors by remembering to clean up all the debris left over from their fireworks.

Bettendorf has the same rules as Davenport - they can be set off only on 7/3 and 7/4, from 2-11 pm, and only on private property.

Muscatine also allows fireworks on 7/3 and 7/4 but during longer hours - 9 am-10 pm.

Dubuque and Clinton both prohibit the use of fireworks, but they can be sold legally in both cities.

Illinois bans the sale and use of nearly all fireworks, except for sparklers and some other small items.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.