Bloomberg: Keep Sparkler Ban— Because of Terrorists
Urges Cuomo to veto law allowing sale of sparklers ahead of July 4
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2013 11:48 AM CDT
Won't somebody think of the children?   (AP Photo/Joel Page)

(Newser) – New York Mayor Bloomberg is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to veto a newly passed bill that would allow the sale of sparklers and similar small novelty fireworks like toy caps outside of New York City, in case ... terrorists use them to make bombs. Even though sales of sparklers remains illegal in NYC, he worries they could be used to make a device similar to the one made by the failed Times Square Bomber, because he had bought packs of firecrackers containing gun powder—which isn't even in sparklers, the New York Post, reports. (You may also remember that his bomb didn't actually work.)

"While this bill excludes New York City, legalizing these devices everywhere else in the state would, as a practical matter, have the same effect in the five boroughs," said the mayor’s state legislative director in a memo. "A recent attempt to harm innocent lives provides a frightening example of how legally purchased ... fireworks can cause dramatic harm and even kill."

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backpath2
Jul 1, 2013 8:27 AM CDT
Bloomberg bans sale of kitchen matches, maqnifying lenses, propane bottles, cigarette lighters, aerosol cans, hard liquor, rubbing alcohol, soldering irons, rolls of cap gun ammo, heat lamps, Vicks vaporizers, paint thinner, gasoline, and of course the sun itself. The only sources of ignition he hasn't banned are his own inflammatory remarks.
793tango
Jun 26, 2013 8:43 PM CDT
A number of years ago Connecticut allowed the sale of sparklers and other small 'novelty' fireworks. Somehow people got the idea that 'ALL fireworks are legal and just about any time of year you can hear explosions of various sizes at any time of the day and night and NO ONE not the police or fire departments or anyone else will lift a finger to stop it. You can call but all they'll tell you is that if an officer didn't see it themselves thet can't do anything to stop it. But I saw instances of full blown fireworks displays on private property in full view of police officers AND firemen who STILL did nothing. One of my brothers was a vietnam vet and was visiting me. The amount and number of fireworks going off on the area made him have flashbacks and he had to leave after only a couple of hours. He refuses to visit me around July 4th. I'd point out too that the Bostom bombers made their explosives out of disemboweled fireworks.
HonkUSA
Jun 26, 2013 6:34 PM CDT
It is just another 'POWER TRIP' for Bloomberg. Why do you think a Multi Billionaire wanted the position of mayor anyway . JUST a 'POWER TRIP' and an ego booster . But when he sets his mind on soft drink sizes and sparklers , HELL where is he coming from . This isn't the Golan Heights .