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July 3, 2018

4th of July Fireworks Laws

The 4th of July is quickly approaching (where did June go?), which means it’s time for barbecues, picnics and, of course, fireworks.

In fact, fireworks seem to be an American summer holiday tradition. Consumers spent $755 million on consumer fireworks (fireworks for personal use, not for large events) for the 4th of July in 2015, up $60 million from the previous year, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA).

“Safety must always be the number one priority when using fireworks,” Julie Heckman, the executive director of the APA, said in an email. “It is important for individuals to know what is legal in their area and to obey local fireworks laws.”
To help you do just that, here are the rules and requirements for buying and using consumer fireworks in each state. (Note: Some states may have neighborhood, regional and/or park restrictions on firework use that supersede state laws. Before you use the fireworks you’ve purchased, do your research. Many localities post their own rules to their government website around this time of year. It’s also important to note that some states have separate regulations for display fireworks.)
See fireworks laws in all 50 states:
Allowed: Ground and handheld sparkling devices; cylindrical and cone fountains; wheel and ground spinners; illuminating torch; flitter sparklers (Morning Glory) not exceeding 10 inches in length or ¼-inch in diameter; toy smoke devices; party poppers and snappers.
Not allowed: Firecrackers; skyrockets; rockets; Roman candles; chasers; all wire and wooden stick sparklers; surprise items; friction items; torpedoes; firework kits and fireworks containing arsenic, phosphorus, thiocyanates magnesium (magnesium-aluminum alloys are allowed); Mercury salts; picrates or picric acid; gallates or gallic acid; select chlorates; boron; titanium (except particle sizes larger than 100 mesh); zirconium and gunpowder.
Age restriction: 16+
Sale dates: Noon June 28 – noon July 6.
Enforcing authority: State Fire Marshal
Other notes: You must be 18+ to sell fireworks.

March 27, 2018

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day

March 29th is a National Holiday. 

An act of Congress honoring Vietnam veterans with a day of recognition was signed into law by President Trump on Tuesday, per a White House press release. March 29 is now designated as National Vietnam War Veterans Day by the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 according to Gateway Pundit. The U.S. flag is to be flown in commemoration of those who served in Vietnam. 

The bipartisan bill was sponsored by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. The bill passed the Senate last month and the House last week. 

Forty-four years have passed since the last U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam. Due to the unpopularity of the war, veterans returning home were often met with disdain and did not receive support or gratitude for their service. 

Forty-four years have passed since the last U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam. Due to the unpopularity of the war, veterans returning home were often met with disdain and did not receive support or gratitude for their service. 

"Some of them were actually treated quite poorly," Toomey said. "And that was a tragic period in our history driven by people's perceptions of the war. Fortunately, that, I think, is behind us now. And I hope and I believe we've gotten to a place where the American people realize how much we really should be grateful to the men and the women who served this country in Vietnam during that very, very difficult time." 

Out of the 2.7 million U.S. service members who served in Vietnam, more than 58,000 were killed and more than 304,000 were wounded. An estimate by the Smithsonian suggests that approximately 271,000 Vietnam veterans may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Previously, a proclamation by President Obama declared March 29, 2012, Vietnam Veterans Day. With the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 signed into law, Vietnam veterans will be commemorated annually for their service.


February 20, 2018

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