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Updated: 07/06/2013 08:02:19AM

Change state law to allow fireworks

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As laws go, Florida’s prohibition against fireworks is a real dud. Before, during and after state-sanctioned displays Thursday night, area explosives enthusiasts were lighting up area skies with personal pyrotechnics despite the absence of any agricultural menaces such devices are permitted to shoo away.

We’re OK with the displays, but it’s long past time for the Florida Legislature to act on its literally loopy fireworks statute. That law — F.S. Ch. 791 — bans the use or sale of “any article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration, or detonation.” The law exempts items such as sparklers, snakes, party poppers, smoke machines, snappers and other novelty items.

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