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Did lawmakers make the right move in legalizing handheld-fireworks sales in R.I.?

Posted 6/28/10

PROVIDENCE – A new state law allows the sale of handheld fireworks to anyone 16 years of age or older in Rhode Island. Only four states, including Massachusetts, still ban fireworks.

Businesses began selling fireworks within days of the new law’s enactment.

Some state and local fire officials, however, have complained the new law, which does not permit the use of indoor pyrotechnics, was approved too quickly. Indoor pyrotechnics are covered under existing regulations.

What do you think of the new law?

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