- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Senate has voted against a bill that would have removed the state’s strict ban on the use of aerial fireworks by average citizens.

House Bill 2398 failed on a 14-15 vote Thursday. It had previously passed the House with a one-vote margin.

The bill would have allowed the sale and use of some aerial rockets and also legalize firecrackers.

Republican Rep. Anthony Kern’s proposal came six years after former Gov. Jan Brewer signed a law allowing so-called “safe and sane” fireworks to be sold in Arizona. That law came after decades of failed efforts by fireworks proponents.

Republican Sen. Steve Smith of Maricopa pleaded for support, saying “if you don’t like fireworks around the Fourth of July and New Years’ go to another country.”

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