Illinois lawmakers are looking to add more festive activities to July 4 this year.
28e District Democrat Bob Rita has introduced a bill in the Illinois General Assembly to add additions to a short list of novelty fireworks allowed in the state. The new fireworks would be “non-explosive, non-aerial sparklers on the ground”. These fireworks are commonly referred to as sparkler fountains, which are currently illegal due to the amount of concentrated firework powder. Illinois currently has some of the toughest fireworks laws in the country and borders on states that have some of the most lax fireworks laws.
Rita says the state could earn additional sales tax revenue from the sale of the fireworks. More than a dozen groups oppose the measure, including the Illinois State Fire Marshal‘s Office, according to the Illinois Associated Press. The latest annual fireworks report from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission found around 10,000 fireworks-related injuries requiring emergency room treatment in 2019, or about 3 per 100,000 people , a statistically stable number since 2004.