Jul 8, 2022 - News

Fireworks shatter Des Moines library windows

A photo of a broken window.
Police believe fireworks destroyed two of these glass panels. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Two windows at downtown Des Moines' Central Library were shattered over the Fourth of July weekend.

  • Illegal fireworks are believed to have caused the damage because investigators discovered burn residue on other sections of the building, Sgt. Paul Parizek told Axios Thursday.

Context: These aren't ordinary panes.

  • They're part of a triple-glazed window that incorporates copper mesh to reduce glare.
  • Each costs about $10,000 to replace.

State of play: Police are reviewing video footage to identify suspects, Parizek said.

  • Insurance doesn't cover the panes, library director Susan Woody told Axios.
A photo of fireworks litter in front of the downtown Des Moines library.
Fireworks litter outside the library Thursday. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios
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