Leadership

Fireworks Bill Passed

Issue 4 and Volume 93.

Fireworks Bill Passed A fireworks bill, which bans the use of fireworks by an individual, or their sale in New York State, has passed both the Assembly and the Senate of the New York Legislature. The bill, which will not become effective until August 1, provides that only licensed displays of fireworks may be given by municipalities. Opposition to the bill stated that such a ban on fireworks would put many people out of work. So far there are twenty-one states that have adopted laws to regulate the sale of fireworks. Local ordinances have been passed but have not been very successful because, under local regulation, fireworks could still be obtained on the outskirts of the village. This new bill supersedes local ordinances and permits municipalities to have fireworks displays only after obtaining a special license. A fine of $100 is imposed for violation of the law.

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