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With An Eye To The Sky, Arizona House Panel Approves Aerial Fireworks

Arizonans could get the chance to blow stuff up to celebrate Independence Day and New Year's Eve.

In 2010 Arizonans were allowed to buy sparklers, fountains and smoke devices. But anything that explodes or shoots in the air has remained off limits.

This new measure approved Thursday by the state House Committee on Military Affairs and Public Safety adds fire crackers and keg mortars which fire multiple small charges that can shoot 100 feet into the air. Lobbyist Mike Williams who got the 2010 law approved for TNT Fireworks told lawmakers this change will actually lead to less dangerous fireworks in their neighborhoods.

"You will see fireworks going up in the air on the Fourth of July because people will buy them from another state and they will transport them here. We tend to find if you give them a small amount of fireworks or a lesser amount people tend to be satisfied with those," Williams said.

The vote came over the objections of Scottsdale Deputy Fire Marshall Jim Ford who warned of increased dangers particularly from items that shoot into the air.

The measure still needs approval of the full House.

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