Fireworks Handling Bill Gets Senate Panel's OK

The North Carolina Senate has unveiled a bill to respond to safety concerns after a July 4 fireworks explosion on the Outer Banks left four people dead.

A Senate panel agreed Thursday to legislation designed to improve safety standards for people who transport, handle and set off public fireworks displays.

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.

Current law requires that "experts" are responsible for the fireworks but provides no details on what constitutes an expert. The state fire marshal's office would set minimum training standards for display operators and require them to get a two-year permit.

The bill now goes to the Senate Finance Committee.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Jul 16, 2009 at 06:08 PM
    QUICK, the horse is out, shut the barn door.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jul 16, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    Fast Tract legislation due to one incident in NC, yet Debroah Ross (D-Wake co.) can kill 6 out of the last 8 bills regarding gun protection rights for NC citizens. She is currently NOT allowing a hearing on the Castle Doctrine which protects a citizen when they have to shoot an intruder when the intruder enters their home, from civil liabilities! So the criminals family is now able to sue in Civil Court when their loved one (criminal) comes into your home to harm or kill you! She chairs the Judiciary Committee I and is not allowing the bill to be heard by her committee or the entire NC legislative body! One person has the power to kill a bill, by letting it die in committee! Now is that right. Whether you agree with gun control or not, next time it could be a bill you think should be passed. NC politics at its finest!
  • by walt Location: greenville on Jul 16, 2009 at 01:53 PM
    I feel it would be safer if I handled my own fireworks, just as every citizen in south carolina is able to do. If fireworks are outlawed here to "protect" the citizens, what happened, and why do we need more legislation,for the "professionals"?
  • by more govt intrusion!! Location: g'ville on Jul 16, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    i'm so tired of hearing the words "new bill" everytime there's an accident or incident in this country. this is NOT the roll of govt. ANN RAND HAD IT RIGHT: The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 16, 2009 at 01:30 PM
    One fireworks accident, and they are ready to pass new laws to make everyone safer. Then they turn around and let habitual drunk drivers have a fifth chance?Drunks kill innocent people all the time. NC's elected loons at work.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2009 at 01:28 PM
    Just another TAX after one tragic accident!
  • by Reality Check on Jul 16, 2009 at 01:23 PM
    Here comes "Bubba's Law".
  • by B Location: G-Vegas on Jul 16, 2009 at 01:04 PM
    Congratulations to law makers for making a little positive out of this tragedy, too bad these laws were not in place prior to this horrible incident! God Bless those who passed and the sole survivor!

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