Legalize all fireworks in Virginia.
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In Virginia, any fireworks that shoot in the air or explode are illegal. Possessing, selling or using unlawful fireworks is a Class 1 misdemeanor (http://www.dof.virginia.gov/fire/safety/fireworks.htm) But, many people violate this law and simply buy fireworks in another state (Pennsylvania, North Carolina and ect.) and smuggle them into Virginia and use them anyways. Allowing these fireworks would attract more firework businesses to the state and giving more business to existing ones, which means more tax money. Since a lot of the state is rural, it would be a lot more productive to have counties and towns set the laws, not the state. It is also a waste of law enforcement's time and supplies that could be used for a better purpose. Also, safe and sane fireworks can be just as dangerous as the ones banned in Virginia as you can see from these examples:
A 6-inch fountain that shot colored fireballs injured a 4-year-old girl. When the fountain tipped over, the victim was struck in the chest by a fireball. She sustained second- and third- degree burns to her chest and neck. She was hospitalized for three weeks for burn treatment and skin grafts.
A 15-year-old male tied together the wires of 10 sparklers. The sparklers ignited quickly and burned down very fast, finally exploding in his hand. The victim sustained a five-inch long laceration to his hand and forearm exposing muscle. Also, debris from the explosion lodged in his hand and arm.
Firework injuries: a ten year study (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18603491) proved that "Flare/fountains caused most injury (39% of injuries)"
Because of that study, shouldn't Virginia make fountains and flares illegal? It would reduce the 39% of injuries. Anyways, why does the government have to be responsible for firework injuries? If people took proper precautionary measures, they wouldn't get hurt. The government isn't liable for these injuries.
Once or twice my dad and my cousin have walked over to a legal fountain that they thought went out and it started going again and nearly hit them. Luckily, no one got hurt, but someone else who walks closer to these fountains could get hit.
UPDATE: This 4th of July, in a neighbourhood we heard LOUD booms made by illegal fireworks that had to have been purchased in another state. These fireworks could have gotten Virginia more tax dollars and supported local businesses, but the law (Which didn't seem to be enforced very much) prevented that.
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