NC Legislature to Consider New Laws After Ocracoke Fireworks Accident

A week after the Fourth of July fireworks explosion on the Outer Banks that killed four workers and left one with personal injuries, the North Carolina Legislature is planning to consider changing the law.


According to a statement from Senate leader Marc Basnight’s officer on July 9, legislation would be announced the following week designed to improve the fireworks safety standards for the handling and transport of large amounts of fireworks.


The bill is currently still in the draft stage, but would clarify who is able to handle pyrotechnics and direct the state’s fire marshal to provide oversight.


According to Basnight’s office, under the current law, “experts” are responsible, but no details are provided on who is considered to be an expert.

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