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Lighting fireworks after hours concerns residents

Lighting fireworks after hours concerns residents

Posted: Jul 5, 2018 12:18 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa - Even though fireworks are legal to shoot off in parts of Iowa during certain times, we're learning that some still aren't following the rules.

Ginger Schwab and her family moved to Mason City from Nebraska about 3 years ago, right before the state of Iowa allowed residents to us consumer grade fireworks.

She and her husband have noticed an uptick in people shooting off fireworks past the cut-off time of 10 p.m., and hopes it doesn't lead to any future limits.

"We love fireworks and we just fear that they're gonna blow past the rules a little bit and get it taken away. Little unruly, but yeah, they have been going later than normal," Schwab said. "We love fireworks. We've had fireworks for years and love them , and loved to abide by the rules. But if people don't abide by the rules, then it's gonna get taken away."

Clear Lake Police received 8 complaints about fireworks going late into the night overnight Tuesday/Wednesday, while Mason City Police have received hundreds of calls about fireworks after hours since fireworks sales began last month.

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