Possible State Changes Concerning Fireworks

Right now fireworks that fly or explode are illegal in Florida.

A bill being considered by the State Legislature would change that situation.

It would allow each county to regulate the sale and use of these fireworks.

But some believe the change is a bad idea.

"We just think it is a bad bill,” said Sammy Sanchez, Fire Marshal for the South Walton Fire District. “We just think all it is going to do is cause more injury and property damage."

"There will be an impact because people are going to get hurt,” said Catherine Rodriguez, Public Information Officer of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. “It is just one of those things people are just not educated."

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission's latest statistics, there were six firework related deaths and 8,700 firework related injuries treated in U.S. Emergency rooms in 2012.

Sanchez believes the number of injuries, and potential deaths will increase in Florida if the changes pass.

Other experts say those injuries will lead to lawsuits against homeowners and higher insurance premiums.

Regardless of the consequences, or their feelings, law enforcement official say they will adjust to any changes.

"We are enforcing the law, and obviously if anything changes we will enforce the change,” said Rodriguez.

The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee has already passed the bill.

But it still has a long way to go before becoming law.


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