Explicit training would be required of people who put on public fireworks shows in legislation approved by the North Carolina Senate in response to a fatal July 4 blast on the Outer Banks.
Senators agreed unanimously Monday night to approve more detailed standards for people who transport pyrotechnics and set them off.
The state fire marshal would issue two-year licenses to show
operators after ensuring they get a minimum level of training by
passing a test and assisting with other displays.
Four people from Wayne County died from an explosion as they
were unloading fireworks from a truck on Ocracoke Island.
Senate leaders wanted changes after they said the current law
was vague on who was permitted to set off displays.
The bill now goes to the House.