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Nebraska bans wire sparklers

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 Nebraskans have one less firework to light off during their Fourth of July celebrations this year. 

A ban on wire sparklers went into effect January 1. 

That means any sparkler with a wire or metal shaft will no longer be sold in the state. 

The Nebraska legislature passed the sparkler ban 2010, but gave retailers a four-years leeway to clear out their inventory before the ban went into effect.  

Eric Wilcox, owner of Discount Fireworks in Scottsbluff, says the ban was enacted for safety reasons. 

"About 70 percent of all firework related injuries come from wire sparklers. We are still allowed sparklers, they’re just on a bamboo stick and so as soon as the sparkler is out, that stick cools down in a matter of seconds, so it should cut down on a few of the firework related injuries in the state"

Wilcox says he doesn’t anticipate the ban to affect business, because of there are other varieties of sparklers that are still legal.
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