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IL bill could legalize fireworks, gaining support from state reps

Bill to legalize fireworks in Illinois. (Source: Taylor Clark, KFVS) Bill to legalize fireworks in Illinois. (Source: Taylor Clark, KFVS)
ILLINOIS (KFVS) -

A new bill was filed the day before the Fourth of July in the Illinois State Legislation that would legalize fireworks in the state with regulations. A week into its formation, it is already gaining support from state representatives like Dave Severin from the Illinois House, District 117. 

Right now, the bill essentially calls to repeal the Pyrotechnics Use Act that currently bans the sale of consumer fireworks in the state. It would require people to have certain permits to fire certain fireworks. The same, of course, would go for selling them. 

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Rep. Severin says that if the bill passes it could be a big win for local businesses looking to add fireworks to the products they sell, or even give people the opportunity to start their own fireworks stores. 

He adds that when Iowa legalized fireworks, they added $1.5 million dollars to their tax revenue, and Indiana, $2.5 million. 

Severin also says this bill would put a stop to people who simply go across state lines to buy fireworks and smuggle them into Illinois. He says he's backing the bill because it simply makes sense to him. 

What goes on now are the commercial fireworks displays in Illinois, which are legal to go to. But the other fireworks displays that people put on, they go and purchase those fireworks out of state, they bring them back across state lines, and you see them all over these past few days doing that. It just makes sense to do something that's legal, something that's safe, and that's what I want to do is promote things that are safe and legal in the state of Illinois.

However, seeing as the bill was only filed a week ago, it will be a long time before we see any fireworks stands popping up in the state. 

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