Plan Would Make More Fireworks Legal In Illinois

Feb 23, 2015

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An Illinois lawmaker wants to make it legal to sell fireworks such as Roman candles and rockets in the state.  The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1vTNJLd ) Sen. Chapin Rose introduced legislation Friday to allow the sale of so-called ``consumer'' fireworks.  

The Mahomet Republican says taxing fireworks sales could generate at least $10 million each year.  

A Consumer Products Safety Commission report found Illinois is one of 10 states that don't allow the sale of consumer fireworks. Illinois does allow sparklers and other novelties.  

Rose says he drove through Kentucky, Wisconsin and Indiana last summer. Near each state's border with Illinois he saw signs promoting fireworks sales. He says when he stopped ``every car'' had an Illinois license plate.  

Rose says he's ``sick and tired of (Illinois') nanny state stuff.''