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March 12, 2013

Proposed fireworks bill held over for study

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Some committee members had expressed reservations because of the lack of statistics concerning accidents in New Hampshire.

But Degnan said national statistics show the fireworks Takesian’s bill would ban are the leading cause of fireworks-related deaths and injuries throughout the country.

Degnan is still concerned about the unpredicatability of some of the fireworks, such as parachutes.

“You couldn’t tell where they were going to go,” he said.

Degnan remains optimistic the Legislature will continue its work.

“I’m hopeful the Legislature will do the right thing when they come back next year,” he said. “In the meantime, we will try to educate people about the dangers of reloadable fireworks.”

Fire chief Jim Midgley, who testified before the House panel about the Pelham fireworks accident, will continue to work with the committee as it works on the legislation, Takesian said.

The state Department of Safety supported Takesian’s bill, but fireworks businesses cautioned the Legislature against hurting them by imposing a ban after they had taken on inventory for the coming season.

Degnan said the Legislature has, in the past, approved legislation with delayed effective dates to afford businesses the opportunity to respond to changes in a way that doesn’t harm them.

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