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SC Council Again Asked to Ban Fireworks; Test Iowa Sites to Shut Down, Home Test Kits Available

News Noon 071321 

Last night, some Siouxland residents once again asked Sioux City Council members to ban fireworks within city limits. Councilman Alex Watters said he "battles back and forth" about what can be done regarding the discharge of fireworks. He said he isn't certain that an all-out ban would do anything. Watters floated the idea of having "fireworks zones" located in large parking lots, according to the Sioux City Journal. 

Last January the council passed ordinance changes that added a municipal infraction penalty for property owners who permit fireworks violations to occur on their property.  Mayor Pro Tem Dan Moore led a PSA campaign ahead of the recent holiday to encourage residents to adhere to the city's fireworks ordinance, which allows discharges only from 1 to 11 p.m. on July 3 and 4, and from 1 p.m. on Dec. 31 until 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1.

The Iowa Department of Public Health is shifting over to COVID home testing as the Test Iowa sites close down. IDPH says free home test kits will be available starting Friday. You will be able to pick up a test kit or have one sent to your home for free. The tests require you to collect a saliva sample and return it by UPS.

The test results will come through email in about 24 hours. The current Test Iowa website will feature a test kit site locator tool for the 125 pick-up sites throughout the state. The last two open Test Iowa sites in Des Moines and Davenport will close for good on Friday at 4 p.m.