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Lawmakers OK Rules After July 4 Fireworks Blast

North Carolina lawmakers have reacted to a fatal fireworks explosion on the Outer Banks on Independence Day with new requirements for training employees who work with pyrotechnics.

The Senate voted 43-0 on Friday to approve detailed standards for people who transport and set off fireworks at public concerts or exhibitions. The measure earlier passed the House unanimously and now goes to Gov. Beverly Perdue.

The state fire marshal would issue licenses to pyrotechnics operators after ensuring they've had a minimum level of training and gained experience by helping to set up displays at least three times.

Four workers from Wayne County died after the fireworks they were unloading from a truck on Ocracoke Island exploded on July 4.

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


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