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Certain Fireworks Remain Banned In WV

Reported by: Send eMail Dan Matics
Reported: Jun. 29, 2014 11:12 PM EDT
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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

This coming weekend, the skies will be filled with all kinds of explosions to celebrate our nation's birthday.

State fire marshals are warning you to make sure you have the right kind of fireworks this Fourth of July.

In West Virginia, it is illegal to have fireworks that shoot higher than six feet in the air.

If you’re caught with them, law enforcement can take them away and write you a citation that has a penalty from $100-$500, depending on the amount.

However, with Ohio and Kentucky allowing all of these kinds of fireworks, business is booming for people like Tom Tracy, who owns a firework megastore across the border in Kentucky.

Tracy’s store sells bottle rockets and mortars that are banned in West Virginia.

“After they leave our location, I’m not sure where they are going with them,” Tracy said.

Customers from West Virginia admitted to purchasing the illegal fireworks.

“We like the bigger fireworks,” one woman said. “It’s a more exciting show.”

W.Va. State fire marshal’s say the banned kind create a greater risk as a fire hazard especially in urban areas.



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