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Bill would expand Va. fireworks offerings
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Bill would expand Va. fireworks offerings

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Legislation that would expand the kind of fireworks that can be sold and used in Virginia took off in the Senate on Friday.

Senate Bill 1158, sponsored by Sen. Thomas A. Garrett, R-Louisa, passed 30-8 and now heads to the House of Delegates.

Garrett argued that the bill would help create jobs and increase business by allowing fireworks companies to sell an expanded line of “consumer” pyrotechnics in the state, including bottle rockets, firecrackers and Roman candles.

The bill would give localities the ability to opt out of allowing so-called “consumer” fireworks to be sold within their borders.

If passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor, the bill would not take effect until Jan. 1.

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