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Fireworks sales go off safely locally

Jul 08, 2015 12:03 am
New York's first year of expanded fireworks sales went off quietly, though there were five fireworks-related deaths nationally. But that's down from 2014, when nine people died from firework accidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. New York Giant Jason Pierre-Paul, in Florida, was a notable victim of fireworks misuse, nearly blowing off his hand. The Greene County Legislature legalized the sale of sparklers countywide earlier this year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law last year permitting counties to allow certain fireworks to be excluded from the definition of dangerous fireworks, with legal sales periods from June 1 through July 5, and from Dec. 26 through Jan. 2. State Sen. Michael Nozzolio, who sponsored the bill to legalize more fireworks, said at the time, "Industry groups estimate there will be over $50 million in sales in the first year, with New York state collecting at least $2 million in much-needed tax revenue."