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Lawmakers Who Voted to Legalize Fireworks React to Fourth of July Celebrations

Lawmakers Who Voted to Legalize Fireworks React to Fourth of July Celebrations
Lawmakers Who Voted to Legalize Fireworks React to Fourth of July Celebrations

DES MOINES, Iowa -- "I voted for fireworks and I`ve gotten some criticism for it," said State Representative Ako Abdul-Samad. Abdul-Samad responds to that criticism by pointing out that people are going to use fireworks whether they're legal or illegal, and he would rather the state regulate fireworks.

"This was a way for me to say let`s regulate it. Let`s bring revenue to Iowa. Let`s create safety to it, and that`s going to take some time as any bill and hopefully we`ll work on it next year and the next session after that," said Abdul-Samad.

And on the day after the Fourth of July, Abdul-Samad said that for the most part, people behaved on the holiday.

"I went out after ten o`clock and actually drove around Des Moines and actually approached individuals and told them you are past the curfew, it's a $600 fine, you don`t want that to happen. I had a lot of individuals say, okay, you know we`re going to stop it and I know they did, that doesn`t mean after I drove off they didn`t do it again, but at least they were very respectful to me last night," said Abdul-Samad.

State Senator Brad Zaun also voted to legalize fireworks in Iowa and thinks all in all, Independence Day fireworks celebrations went off without a hitch.

"I think they went really well, considering the amount of time that the local cities had to create ordinances on where they`re going to be sold, which I thought they went too far and of course putting down their own rules," said Zaun.

"I was, however, very upset when I heard fireworks being blown up in my neighborhood at 2 A.M. last night, and those idiots that are doing that, it`s unfortunate because they`re giving fireworks a bad name," said Zaun. "But, I think it went well."