Brewer vetoes Arizona bill to legalize sparklers

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PHOENIX -- Gov. Jan Brewer is citing safety concerns for her veto of a bill that would have legalized the sale and use of sparklers and some other fireworks.

The bill vetoed Monday would have legalized sparklers and fountain fireworks that shoot sparks into the air. It would not have legalized fireworks that explode or shoot themselves up into the air.

Brewer's veto follows the lead of two previous Republican governors who expressed health and safety concerns when they vetoed bills in the 1990s.

Supporters of the industry-backed bill had said the types of fireworks that would be legalized are safe and don't need government regulation.

Fire officials said fireworks would pose a safety hazard.

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