Pyrotechnic companies offer safety legislation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Fireworks erupted on Capitol Hill in Nashville- literally.

Operators of two pyrotechnic companies in Tennessee presented legislation to a House committee that would regulate the industry and hopefully make it safer.

Following their presentation yesterday, they offered a fireworks display in the Legislative Plaza.

The legislation, which would not affect consumer fireworks, would create a self-sustaining licensing program for professional fireworks, pyrotechnics and flame effect displays.

Tennessee is among 14 states without regulations for professional fireworks, but it is one of 12 considering them.

Last year in Tennessee, several people were injured at Paris Landing State Park when a row of fireworks tipped over as a storm approached, sending rockets flying into a crowd gathered to watch a Fourth of July display.

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