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Teen Loses Leg, Maybe Sight From DIY 'Sparkler Bomb'

15-year-old Texas boy tied nearly 200 sparklers together before lighting them

(Newser) - Even a single sparkler on the Fourth of July can cause harm —and a Texas teen learned they're even more dangerous when you tie a bunch of them together, NBC News reports. Rowdy Radford, 15, was at his aunt's home in Sargent on Saturday when he decided... More »

Bloomberg: Keep Sparkler Ban— Because of Terrorists

Urges Cuomo to veto law allowing sale of sparklers ahead of July 4

(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... More »

China Fuels Boom in Backyard Fireworks

Cheap exports drives U.S. trend for do-it-yourself shows

(Newser) - Inexpensive fireworks imported from China have led to a resurgence in do-it-yourself, backyard fireworks displays in the US, even as public shows have been scaled back due to post 9/11 regulations. Fireworks sales are soaring in this country, with revenue up to $900M last year, reports the Wall Street Journal.... More »

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