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Posted on: May 15, 2017

[ARCHIVED] City of Newton Fireworks Poll Results

Senate File 489 was approved by the Iowa Legislature and Governor Terry Branstad signed the fireworks legalization bill into law Tuesday, May 9.

You can read the Senate File 489 in full here:

The bill allows fireworks to be sold all over the state of Iowa. The bill gives city councils and county boards of supervisors the authority to ban or restrict the use of fireworks, but it does not allow them to limit their sale.

The City of Newton asked for citizen input on an its upcoming decision on the use of fireworks in Newton. The unscientific poll asked the following questions...
  • Do you favor or oppose the use of fireworks within city limits?
  • Please share your reason for supporting/opposing the use of fireworks within city limits.
  • If you oppose the use of fireworks, are there places inside the city limits where consumer fireworks would be okay?
The City also gathered basic demographic information included age, gender and Zip Code.

There were 1011 residents of the 50208 Zip Code who completed the survey; 63% of those were in favor of the use of fireworks and 37% were opposed.

A first consideration of an ordinance regarding the regulation of the use and sales of fireworks will happen at the May 15 City Council meeting.

Here is the agenda for the May 15 City Council  meeting:

Below are the results from the poll for those who live in the 50208 Zip Code.

Favor 638 63%
Oppose 373 37%
1011 100%
18 - 29 years old 244 24%
30 - 44 years old 370 37%
45 - 64 years old 287 28%
65 and older 110 11%
1011 100%
Female 469 46%
Male 503 50%
Prefer Not to Say/Other 39 4%
1011 100%
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