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Archive for July 6th, 2008

Fireworks

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Massachusetts General Law, Ch. 148 S. 39 – the simple possession or use of fireworks, or the selling or offering for sale of fireworks is against the law. A violation of this law shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one year or both.

I wonder

  • if it’s the same in other states of the US as well
  • since when this has been so
  • what was considered sufficient provocation to enact this law
  • is there no one who considers this a violation of civil liberties
  • so who shoots all those fireworks that we went and watched on the Charles River yesterday, and why the law doesn’t apply to them
  • what, if anything, Indian/Hindu groups do at Diwali :)
  • what it would take to get something similar passed in India :)

I’m not complaining, just curious.

Update[2009-07-04]: This looks like a useful resource on fireworks laws: http://www.fireworks.com/fireworks_laws
States that “specifically permit” no fireworks are Arizona, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Other states permit some fireworks (except that the laws of Hawaii and Oregon are not immediately clear).

Written by S

Sun, 2008-07-06 at 02:51:09

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