California Cuts July 4 Losses

Issue 10 and Volume 93.

California Cuts July 4 Losses “A step in the right direction, but not a big enough one!” That is the conclusion drawn upon California’s new statewide law controlling the use of dangerous fireworks as the personal and property damage cost of July 4, 1940, is totaled. For the first time in the Golden State’s history, the use of fireworks was regulated this year by a law enacted by the state legislature. But, as bad been predicted by prevention officials, a single amendment to an otherwise “safe and sane” bill resulted in the injury of 160 children in Los Angeles alone. The amendment passed allowed the sale of “small” firecrackers, although the bili itself outlawed most dangerous fireworks, such as Roman candles, sky rockets, torpedoes, chasers, snake-nests, cherry bombs, etc. The result of this partial regulation clearly shows the facts. Fires, usually caused by the banned articles, were decreased to a…

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