Effingham County officials considering firework regulations proposal

EFFINGHAM - One central Illinois community is considering going against a state ban by allowing individuals to purchase fireworks such as Roman candles, bottle rockets and firecrackers.

Under current Illinois law, nearly all fireworks are banned, with the exception of certain novelty fireworks, like sparklers and smoke devices.  The law also allows communities to enact their own pyrotechnic permit regulations.

Effingham officials say the ability for municipalities to enact their own regulations could be seen as an opening for the proposed ordinance, which would allow residents 18 years of age and older to buy Class C fireworks.  However, opponents of the proposed plan say there would be an increase in injuries.

The proposal could go before the Effingham County Board for a vote as soon as April 20.
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