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Delawareans can set off some fireworks this 4th of July

Jul 3, 2018

Delawareans are enjoying some legal fireworks this Fourth of July for the first time since the complete ban on them was lifted.

The state passed a bill legalizing non-explosive, non-airborne fireworks back in May. This allows sparklers and some ground-based fountains only on the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. State Rep. Joseph Miro sponsored the measure.

Dover’s Kathleen Lasher took the opportunity to open a TNT fireworks stand in the Sam’s Club parking lot on Route 13.

“Business has actually really been great. Today we’re a little bit slower but everyone is at work. But the last couple days have actually really been awesome,” said Lasher.

Larry Barris came in to buy what he called, “a few things to make some colors, but nothing to make no noise.”

He says he is glad Delaware lifted the ban on fireworks, but adds he’d like to see the state legalize all fireworks.

“I’d like to see the ones that go way up in the air and boom, boom, boom bang,” he said.

Fireworks shows across Delaware this week are all permitted displays.

According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, Massachusetts is the only state still banning all commercial fireworks.