Fireworks Laws Enforced

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

"I'm getting the crackling cactus. They shoot off. It's a lot of fun," said Crystal Daugherty, who spent time Friday afternoon shopping at a fireworks stand.

With just a few days until Independence Day, sales at firework stands are exploding.

"Usually Fourth of July we get on our porch and shoot ‘em off our porch and just see how far certain ones can go," said Rachel Niggl, who was buying fireworks for her family.

Although some tents sell them, fire officials say the Florida bans the sale of fireworks that explode or shoot in the air, basically limiting the legal fireworks to sparklers and smoke bombs.

"Having seen all the forest fires in this area, I have no problem with it. You have people within ten miles of this store that have the Apalachicola National Forest in their backyard. It makes a lot of sense," said Arthur Grubbs, who works for TNT Fireworks.

A loophole in the law allows vendors to sell other types of fireworks if they're used for agricultural or mining.

Danny Carpenter, who's been selling fireworks at D&D Fireworks for more than 10 years, says the responsibility lies in the user, not the vendor.

"It's not illegal to sell it in the state, it could be deemed illegal to use in the state, and that's why the end user has to know what their ordinances are in the county or city that they live in and they need to abide by those laws."


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