NC Lawmakers To Consider Fireworks Law Changes

The North Carolina Legislature soon will consider changing the law following a Fourth of July fireworks explosion on the Outer Banks that left four workers dead.

Senate leader Marc Basnight's office said late Thursday legislation will be unveiled next week designed to improve safety standards for the handling and transport of large amounts of fireworks.

The bill is still being drafted, but it would make clear who can handle the pyrotechnics and direct the state fire marshal to provide oversight.

Basnight's office said current law says "experts" are responsible for the fireworks but provides no details on what constitutes an expert.

Workers for a South Carolina company unloading fireworks from a truck died after a single blast at an Ocracoke Island marina. A fifth worker survived.

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  • by someone who care Location: eastern NC baby on Aug 4, 2009 at 09:01 PM
    It would really be ok! to use fire works if you just blow you hand off for not being responsible, but have careless fun can cause someone else an eye or hand ..... Etc.. so someone need to stop you careless idiots with firework. Like big brothers North carolina people who care about hurting others
  • by Michael Location: Liuyang China on Jul 15, 2009 at 01:50 AM
    We are one of the largest fireworks export company from Liuyang China(Liuyang is capital of fireworks ,and 75% of fireworks are exported from here in the world),We have been manufacture professional fireworks and consumer fireworks for over years.
  • by P on Jul 10, 2009 at 09:13 AM
    They need to put the fireworks where the sun doesn't shine and get the budget PASSED!
  • by P on Jul 10, 2009 at 06:21 AM
    Why even bother with this subject in the NC Legislature at this time. You people in Raleigh get the DAMM BUDGET worked on that is costing us a fortune every day over! And yet you in Raleigh will say we need to make cuts. WHAT IS THIS COSTING OUR STATE RIGHT NOW?
  • by DUH Location: NC on Jul 10, 2009 at 06:12 AM
    OK, you have to be TOLD how to SAFELY move fireworks. I think this happens if you dont. What now, fireworks inspectors, more training. Come on. 5 people died carrying millions of pounds of explosives around this 4th. Sounds about right statisically.
  • by Doug Location: Hubert on Jul 10, 2009 at 05:50 AM
    The Chinese are credited with inventing fireworks and the vast majority of fireworks are manufactured in China, and have been for at least as far back as 1970.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jul 10, 2009 at 05:45 AM
    This action is designed to get votes. It is outragous that 4 people died but when ploiticians sent solders to die in a war they want it is OK. Accountability.
  • by Jean Location: Washington on Jul 10, 2009 at 05:26 AM
    More socialist control! The people who died knew they had accepted a job handling explosives and unfortunately the worse case scenario happened. I know the dangers associated with driving a car, flying in a plane, riding a bike on the road, etc however I do those things anyway...the government doesn't enact new laws everytime one of these tragedies occurs! I can't believe in the economic hard times our state is in this is what they are working on!!!
  • by P on Jul 10, 2009 at 03:03 AM
    The North Carolina Legislature needs to get their work done and stop screwing around about the budget! What a bunch of idiots in Raleigh!
  • by fed up with China on Jul 9, 2009 at 08:49 PM
    Problems probably be averted if not for Made in China. Do we really want to trust folks who poisoned children and pets? No I. I never saw anything wrong with Made in USA - wish I could see more of that. Our unemployment rate certainly would get better. Wise up people.
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