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FASNY urging governor to veto bill that would legalize sale of sparklers

By WKTV News

WHITESBORO, N.Y. (WKTV) - It may not be July 4, but the Firemen's Association of the state of New York is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to veto a bill that would legalize the sale of sparklers.

Some lawmakers are pushing to legalize the sale to bring in more sales tax revenue, but firefighters say it's simply too dangerous. The governor has until midnight to decide on the bill and FASNY officials say even though sparklers are meant for use under parental supervision, that isn't always the case.

"Kids know that fireworks are hazardous, so they are exciting and they take them out in the backyard where parents aren't around and so forth, so that's are concern," said FASNY President David Jacobowitz.

This past summer fireworks caused more than 6,000 injuries nationwide.

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