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Senate launches fireworks restriction

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.

More after the jump.

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Under the bill, county commissioners could only authorize a fireworks display if the operator has a permit from the Fire Marshall, who is the elected Insurance Commissioner, currently Wayne Goodwin.

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.


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Re: Senate launches fireworks restriction

I have interacted with Wayne Goodwin, and he's a smart, capable guy; seriously, though -- how many hats does he wear?

Several, but only one to bed at night. The Fire Marshall hat.

Seriously, he can perform a citizen's arrest on you in Rockingham, then defend you in court. He's the last living Andy Griffith of our time, so he can stand a little ribbing.

Re: Senate launches fireworks restriction

I have interacted with Wayne Goodwin, and he's a smart, capable guy; seriously, though -- how many hats does he wear? I'm beginning to think that he can also perform marriages, preside over bar mitzvahs and validate my parking in any county in NC.

Re: Senate launches fireworks restriction

Permit to issue a permit? Please...

I'd love to help, but I'm not a state authorized Notary Public. Wayne Goodwin probably is.

Re: Senate launches fireworks restriction

Permit to issue a permit? Please...

Re: Senate launches fireworks restriction, I connect dots

Under the bill, county commissioners could only authorize a fireworks display if the operator has a permit from the Fire Marshall, who is the elected Insurance Commissioner, currently Wayne Goodwin.

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Operators must have at least $500,000 in insurance.

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