Brandes files bill in Senate that would loosen restictions on fireworks sales

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State Senator Jeff Brandes has filed a companion bill to Rep. Matt Gaetz’ legislation that would remove restrictions on selling fireworks in Florida.

Currently, state law limits sales to only relatively harmless devices like sparklers, while outright banning sales of bottle rockets and other fireworks. However, a loophole allows the sale of fireworks to individuals who sign statements saying they are exempt from the law.

Brandes filed SB 314 just two months after Gaetz filed the House version of the bill (HB4005). Gaetz argues that Floridians are already buying fireworks online or bringing fireworks in from other states.


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