Fireworks Changes Possible for Virginia

A proposed bill in the General Assembly is creating a lot of sparks and making a big bang! The bill, approved Monday in a Senate committee, would legalize what it calls regulated consumer-grade fireworks, in addition to the consumer-grade fireworks now sold in Virginia. The regulated consumer-grade fireworks could be sold statewide to people 18 and older unless local governments decide to prohibit the sale or use of them. Virginia’s current limitation on fireworks sales was written when there were no federal standards on fireworks’ size or safety. Officials say amending the law could be an economic boost, with estimated $40 million to $60 million additional revenue generated for the state.

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