- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A proposal that would legalize more fireworks sales in the state has moved forward in the Iowa Senate.

The legislation won approval in the Senate Ways and Means Committee in a 9-6 vote Wednesday. Under the proposal, retailers could sell firecrackers, roman candles and other fireworks. Currently, the state allows sales of sparklers or snakes.

Supporters argued that the legislation would better regulate activity that is happening anyway, noting that Iowa residents are already going to border states to buy fireworks. But critics questioned the safety impact, saying there would be more fires and injuries.

The bill will next move to the full Senate for consideration.

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