Fireworks Bill Killed in Pennsylvania
The Daix fireworks bill, which would permit cities to regulate or forbid the sale of dangerous fireworks, including the socalled “harmless” sparkler, has been done to death in the Manufactures Committee of the Pennsylvania House after it had passed in the Senate with flying colors. The committee voted not to report the bill out. That was done in executive session on Wednesday. The fact was kept as secret as possible and the news has just leaked out. The Daix bill regulating fireworks was approved by the Philadelphia City Council. Director Cortelyou was an enthusiastic sponsor of the measure. The Committee had a hearing several weeks ago. Other city officials appeared at the hearing, and there was a large representation of leaders of women’s organizations from various parts of the State. All those speakers urged the commission to heed the annual Fourth of July casualty lists and pass the measure, which would end the maiming, disfiguration and even killing of children. Representatives of the fireworks manufacturers were also present. They argued it was unfair to do anything which threatened their profits. Apparently a majority of the members of the Manufactures Committee thought the “profits” argument was stronger than the claims of the children.