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Woman, baby injured by fireworks

SWISHER– On Saturday, July 1, at 9:50 p.m. the Joint Emergency Communications Center received a report of two people injured by fireworks at 1455 Curtis Bridge Rd. NE, in Swisher. The victims were identified as 36-year-old Margaret Limkemann and her 1-month-old daughter Aria. The victims were injured after a firework launched sideways instead of upward. The projectile struck Limkemann and exploded after impact. Limkemann was holding her daughter at the time and attempted to remove the child from the impact area before the explosion. Both victims were transported to the University of Iowa Hospital.
The victims were attending a party hosted by Richard Fowler, the owner of the property. Fowler was subsequently cited for Failure to Have a Firework Permit in violation of Johnson County ordinance 4:1.4
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Jefferson/Monroe Fire (Swisher), Area Ambulance service out of Cedar Rapids, and University of Iowa Aircare.