Proposed legislation would legalize holiday fireworks

Proposed legislation would legalize holiday fireworks

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FORECAST COMING UP. THANK YOU, STEVE. AND TRACK STORMS WITH OUR MAX DEFENDER 8 APP ANY TIME PUTTING OUR RADAR RIGHT IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND. HOME FIREWORKS DISPLAYS ARE COMMON HERE IN FLORIDA, BUT THEY’RE STILL ILLEGAL. THEY’RE SOLD WITH A LOOPHOLE, BUT LAWMAKERS IN TALLAHASSEE ARE POISED TO MAKE A CHANGE TO THAT. HERE’S MORE ON THAT STORY. REPORTER: IN FLORIDA, THE ONLY LEGAL WAY TO PERFORM BIG FIREWORKS DISPLAYS LIKE THIS ONE PUT ON BY CRAIG DENNIS WITH ASHLEY PYROTECHNICS IS WITH ATF CLEARANCE. WE GET A LOT OF REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC FOR FIREWORKS. REPORTER: BUT DENNIS DENIES THOSE OFFERS. WE DON’T PLAY THIS GAME OF HAVING PEOPLE SIGN A FORM SAYING THEY’RE USING THEM FOR AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES. REPORTER: BUT SOME SELLERS DO, SELLING FIREWORKS TO FLORIDIANS USING THE LEGAL LOOPHOLE. BUT NEW LEGISLATION WOULD MAKE THEM LEGAL ON LABOR DAY, INDEPENDENCE DAY, AND NEW YEAR’S EVE. THEY’RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC. REPORTER: THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE SAYS MORE FIREWORKS MEANS MORE ACCIDENTS. KIDS WITH MISSING HANDS AND FINGERS, FACIAL INJURIES, BURNS. REPORTER: AND IN THE RARE CASE THE CURRENT LAW IS ENFORCED, YOU COULD FACE UP TO A YEAR IN PRISON AND A THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE FOR HOME FIREWORKS DISPLAYS. BUT A GLANCE ON THE NIGHT SKY ON THE HOLIDAYS MAKES IT CLEAR THE EXISTING PENALTIES DO LITTLE TO DETER THE ILLEGAL FIREWORKS DISPLAYS. I HEAR ALL THE TIME WE’LL FILL THE TRAUMA CENTERS UP IF WE LEGALIZE THEM, WELL FORECASTS THEY’RE ALREADY SOLD USING THE AGRICULTURAL

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