It's nearly a certainty that Iowans will be able to shoot off fireworks, legally, this 4th of July.

The Iowa House approved Senate File 489 Tuesday. It would end the ban on individuals purchasing fireworks in Iowa. Residents would be able to buy and use bottle rockets, Roman Candles, and other fireworks that are considered consumer-grade, but only during two different time frames each year. They could be bought and used from June 1 through July 8 and December 10 through January 3.

The only thing standing between Iowa residents and their fireworks is Governor Terry Branstad, but don't look for him to stop it. Branstad is expected to sign the bill and unlike most laws which go into effect with the start of the fiscal year (July 1 in Iowa), the Des Moines Register says this one "would take effect immediately."

As they say at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City just before the Hawkeye Marching Band takes the field prior to each football game, "Get Ready for the Boom."

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