Arizona gov signs bill to legalize some fireworks

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Associated Press

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 11 at 8:30 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill allowing the sale and use of sparklers and other fireworks that shoot off sparks but don't explode.

The signing Monday caps years of lobbying by the fireworks industry, with governors vetoing versions in the 1990s.

It is currently illegal to buy, sell or use sparklers and other so-called "consumer-grade" fireworks in Arizona. The law takes effect Dec. 1.

Brewer expressed concern about wildfires when she vetoed a 2009 version. This year's version will allow the state to collect a penalty for misuse of fireworks and to use the money for fire suppression.

The bill will allow cities to prohibit use of fireworks, and counties could restrict use in unincorporated areas during times of risk of wildfire.

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