The Iowa Legislature needs to rethink the fireworks bill. Common sense seems to have left our Legislature. The fireworks industry and their money were the only thing they were listening to.

Many fire chiefs, police, doctors, emergency services and veterans tried to communicate the issues, but only the lobbyists had our Legislature's ears.

My freedom to sit in my backyard was taken away from me; we could not sit outside without constant noise, smoke, and raining debris from fireworks. The last several weeks have been pure hell.

People were not following the rules from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks were in the middle of the street and even thrown out of vehicles. Most offenders were teenagers or young adults.

I understand celebrating the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. However, from June 1 through July 8 and again from Dec. 10 through Jan. 3? How many people enjoy listening to fireworks on Christmas Eve?

The public does not understand firework dangers. Most do not have large enough yards to ensure the safety of bystanders or other’s property.

How will Iowa handle fireworks during drought conditions? We'll have a major fire caused by fireworks.

I am willing to give a couple days every year to others to set off fireworks, but they do not have the right to take away my rights for 38 days of the summer and 24 days of the winter.

It is a right to have a restful night’s sleep from the war zone noise created by a poorly written Iowa bill.

Pat Schilling

Davenport

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