DMR: Iowa Poll: More than half of Iowa thinks ban on Roman candles, firecrackers should go
Mar. 3, 2014 |
Most Iowans, 56 percent, are ready to blow up the state’s ban on fireworks, according to results of a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll.
ISSUE: Purchasing and setting off fireworks has been prohibited for decades in Iowa, dating back to devastating fires in Spencer in 1931 and Remsen in 1936. Both blazes were caused by sparklers and destroyed dozens of buildings.
That ban would be lifted under legislation under consideration this year. Proponents say Iowans want legal access to fireworks and argue that many already buy them legally across the border in Missouri.
IOWANS’ VIEW: Iowans are split strikingly along generational lines on this question: Younger Iowans largely favor legalizing fireworks, and older Iowans generally oppose it.
Derrick Nehaffy, 22, a cybersecurity consultant from Burlington, believes fireworks should be legal.
Other states he’s lived in “have all allowed fireworks, so I don’t see why it’s such a big issue that we have to ban them here,” he said.
But Ethel Soesbe, 86, of Clinton said she’d rather see them remain illegal. Her family always attends Fourth of July fireworks shows, but she knows fireworks can be dangerous and a noise nuisance when used closer to home.
“I really I don’t mind if they’re not in my backyard,” she said.
Iowans sounded off on a range of issues under discussion by lawmakers this year for The Des Moines Register’s latest Iowa Poll, revealing widely shared views on several matters.
Substantial majorities, for instance, support enhanced enforcement of the state’s ban on texting while driving and favor expanded access to state-funded preschool. Iowans are more divided about ending dog racing at casinos in the state.