Bill To Ban Some Fireworks Likely To Be Voted Down By House

Jan 28, 2014

The New Hampshire House will take up a bill this week that bans certain types of fireworks. Given the committee report to kill it, it’s unlikely to pass.

Fireworks in Jaffrey.
Credit Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce

The bill would ban aerial spinners and reloadable mortars—devices that were involved in the accidental explosion that injured 13 people in Pelham nearly two years ago. Ed Gleason is a Pelham selectman and the father-in-law of the man who hosted the July 4th celebration. He supports the bill but says, during a committee hearing last year, opposition was vocal.

“It was very evident that there was a huge lobby going on with the fireworks companies in the legislature about not controlling them... So we knew at that time that there was probably the prospect that it would be killed ultimately.”

The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to kill the bill last November. However, the committee’s Democratic chair, and the bill’s sponsor, a Republican from Pelham are proposing a new bill this session. It would reinstate a fireworks advisory board that dissolved in 2011.

The board would have authority to ban certain fireworks. That bill gets a hearing on Thursday.