Fireworks use within Cedar Rapids has steadily increased over the past month. When state lawmakers placed the responsibility on cities to determine local fireworks regulations, Cedar Rapids city staff cautioned against permitting their use within the city. The council voted to allow their use.
I believe in supporting our city staff and agree with enforcing a complete ban on fireworks in Cedar Rapids. The nonstop fireworks have caused undue stress on our local emergency responders and have harmed the mental well-being of many of our veterans suffering with PTSD. Many family pets have also been affected. Cedar Rapids has several professional fireworks displays for citizens to enjoy throughout the holiday weekend.
I am hopeful that our city council will quickly enact restrictions on amateur fireworks usage moving forward.