You may have seen fireworks in alocal store and wondered why something illegal is now being sold.
It turns out the Delaware General Assembly quietly passed and Gov. John Carney signed a bill allowing limited types of fireworks to be sold and used in the state.
The bill was sponsored by outgoing State Rep. Joe Miro, R-Newark.
This bill allows ground-based and hand-held sparklers and certain other nonexplosive, nonairborne novelty items regulated by the federal government to be sold and used in the State.
The bill does not legalize firecrackers, bottle rockets, aerials, or any other device that explodes or shoots into the air, according to a summary of the bill.
The items that may be sold only to persons 18 years of age and older. Use is limited to July 4th and December 31st of each year.
Delaware had a total ban on fireworks for many years, due in part to the influence of the state’s fire companies that end up fighting fireworks-related fires.
Even sparklers end up canlead to burns and visits to the emergency room.
Despite the ban, fireworks were widely used in a state where supplies were ample on the other side of the line.
With the signing of the law, Massachusetts becamethe last state in the union to have a full ban on fireworks, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association.