CASPER, Wyo. — All consumer fireworks are illegal in the City of Casper, but Councilman Ken Bates said those rules should be revisited.
Bates said during the Tuesday, June 4 Council meeting that things like sparklers and what he termed “ground fireworks” should be allowed.
He said that when he was a child, sparklers were fun on the Fourth of July and added that he’d like his daughters to be afforded the same opportunity during their youth.
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But Bates will need to convince other council members that the rules need to be changed since even sparklers are banned in Casper.
“There’s really only one thing you need to know about consumer fireworks: all consumer fireworks are illegal in the City of Casper,” a fireworks safety guide states. “That includes sparklers, firecrackers, cherry bombs, bottle rockets and even poppers.”
Discharging, or even possessing fireworks in Casper comes with a fine of $110.
The City’s fireworks safety guide cites injury data from 2008, but the number of fireworks injuries was higher in 2017, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
American hospitals treated 8,700 fireworks-related injuries in 2017, the CPSC data shows, up from the 7,000 that the City of Casper cited in 2007.
The CPSC report also outlines eight fireworks related deaths in 2017.
However, the CSPC report does not differentiate between sparklers and other kinds of fireworks, so it is unclear whether the data shows these items to be a source of the 2017 injuries.
Casper’s fireworks safety guide also cites fires and property damage as a risk associated with firework use.
Bates did receive the five votes necessary to add fireworks to the Council’s work session discussion next Tuesday.