The Senate gave overwhelming support Monday night to a bill that would require a permit from the State Fire Marshall to issue a permit for fireworks displays.
The bill is in response to a fatal accident July 4 in which four men were killed and a fifth injured on Ocracoke Island.
"It is imperative for us to reflect and see how we can learn from tragedies," said Sen. Don Davis, a Snow Hill Democrat. "There is a need for us to bring more clarity."
Davis said current law allows a county commission to authorize an "expert" to run fireworks displays.
"When we look at the word 'expert,' I think that becomes the matter of much subjectivity," Davis said.
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Permits can only be issued to individuals who are 21 or older, have assisted in three authorized fireworks displays, have completed minimum training and passed an exam.
Operators must have at least $500,000 in insurance. The bill now goes to the House.