West Virginia legislators have the power to change the fireworks laws and bring West Virginia to parity with so many other states that permit the sale and use of the full line of consumer fireworks. This is long overdue.
Since 1994, when the American Fireworks Standards Laboratory first began testing consumer fireworks at the factory level in China for compliance with U.S. manufacturing and performance standards - while imports of fireworks have doubled from 117 million pounds in 1994 to 234.1 million pounds in 2011 - the number of fireworks-related injuries as reported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has dropped over 23 percent from 12,500 to 9,600 over the same period.
Write or email your legislators and ask for legalization of the full line of consumer fireworks.
Take West Virginia out of the consumer fireworks dark ages and into the modern era.
Please enjoy the Independence Day holiday with your family and celebrate safely.
William A. Weimer
Weimer is vice president of Phantom Fireworks in Youngstown, Ohio.