Cash strapped Illinois needs all the revenue streams it can find but fire safety advocates want to strand bottle rockets and other fireworks on the launching pad.
Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Govt. Affairs Director Margaret Vaughn says legalizing fireworks would not offer the state of Illinois a net gain.
Illinois Fire Services Association President Steve Iovinelli says there are concerns beyond back yard injuries during Fourth of July celebrations. He says the proof is out there, that consumer grade fireworks can be weaponized.
Fire safety advocates say states with legalized fireworks have significantly more injuries, especially when it comes to children.