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After a noisy Fourth of July in upstate New York,  officials are rethinking their approach to legal and illegal fireworks.

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It seemed like the Fourth of July was noisier than usual for residents of New York's capital city.

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A man igniting a sparkler in New Hampshire accidentally set fire to fireworks he had in his SUV, causing them to explode and sending him and his family scrambling for safety.

Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan with City of Albany officials held a press conference reminding residents about the legality of fireworks in Albany.
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Heading toward Independence day, officials in the city of Albany are promoting fireworks safety.

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In 2015, Schenectady County was one several across New York that opted in to a state law allowing small fireworks and sparklers to be sold at certain times of the year.  But two years later, and with Independence Day approaching, some are calling on the county to opt-out of the state law to curb the use of illegal fireworks.

WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

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One key tourist town in our region says a new fireworks law is a dud. The Village of Lake George is pushing Warren County to reconsider participating in New York’s law allowing small fireworks. Meanwhile, other communities across the state may face their own challenges.

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The Lake George Village Board is calling for Warren County supervisors to repeal legislation allowing the sale of small fireworks.

Connecticut state police say illegal fireworks worth nearly $250,000 have been seized from a home and a storage barn in Danbury.

NY Has A New Fireworks Permitting Law

Jul 18, 2013

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to enhance firework safety on state property.