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Lawmakers Consider Loosening Rules On Fireworks

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Some lawmakers look to make your 4th of July celebration a little bigger. A bill proposed by two Michigan senators would make larger fireworks legal in our state. Right now what's considered legal in Michigan are mostly those that remain on the ground instead of flying into the air.

Some stores say the illegal ones are safer and they want to be able to sell them. It seems the shoppers at the American Eagle Superstore got boxes of fireworks loaded into cars.

James Stajos, Vice President of Operations: "Its smaller items, everything that stays on the ground, basically."

But James Stajos, the Vice President of Operations, wants to be able to sell the bigger, illegal fireworks.

James Stajos: "There's no doubt about it, sales would triple and quadruple."

And Senator Rick Jones is on his side.

Sen. Rick Jones, (R) Grand Ledge: "We don't have things that go bang."

Arguing those things that go bang will bring a boom to Michigan's economy. So you're probably thinking larger fireworks mean more severe injuries, but Senator Jones says he thinks sparklers are more dangerous.

Sen. Rick Jones: "Right now the people that are being hurt and the little children that parents give sparklers to, and they don't watch 'em well enough, and those things really burn."

James Stajos: "It has the same amount of gunpowder as the stuff that stays on the ground. The benefit of it going in the air is it's going off away from people. I believe it'd actually be safer."

And both argue, since people are already buying larger fireworks in other states and bringing them back to Michigan, we might as well embrace it.

Sen. Rick Jones: "The fireworks are here now, there's very little enforcement, and so why not have the tax dollars come in for the schools and for the other needs of Michigan?"

Senator Jones hopes to turn his idea into law by 2012, so next July 4th Michiganders can celebrate their independence alongside their freedom to let it fly.

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