More cities consider action in wake of fireworks law

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The impact of West Virginia’s new law on fireworks and how it played out across the state during the Fourth of July holiday has not faded away.

Several communities have either taken action in response to a multitude of complaints they received during that holiday period or are considering steps to limit the use of fireworks within their borders.

The issue is on many cities’ radar after the legislature passed a bill effective in June allowing the retail sale and use of consumer fireworks in the state. Those fireworks include the likes of firecrackers, bottle rockets, mortar shells and roman candles. Previously, only novelty items such as glow worms, smoke devices, trick noisemakers, party poppers, wire sparklers and other sparkling devices were allowed for retail sale.

 Officials in several cities said the loosened rules wreaked havoc…

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