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Iowa QC Approves Tighter Rules for Fireworks.

Michelle O'Neill

Davenport will limit the use of fireworks next year. Tuesday night, the city council gave its final approval to restrictions for the Fourth of July and New Year's Eve.

Fire marshall Jim Morris says under the new ordinance, city residents can only blow off fireworks on New Year's Eve from 10 to 12:30 and on July third and fourth from 2 until 11 pm on both days.

"We want everyone to be able to celebrate but we need them to be responsible. And we're hoping if we limit the window that it'll make it a little bit more tolerable for the people who aren't really for having these fireworks in their city."

Last summer, Iowa allowed the use of consumer grade fireworks for the first time and in Davenport and across the state there were many injuries, fires, and many complaints.

The same restrictions have also been approved by Bettendorf and Scott County. 

Using fireworks outside of these times in Davenport will be a simple misdemeanor with a first offense costing 250 dollars.

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.