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Governor gets bill to legalize some fireworks

PHOENIX - A bill to legalize sparklers and other fireworks that send sparks in the air is headed to Gov. Jan Brewer's desk.

The House on Monday approved a bill that already has been approved by the Senate.

Supporters say the bill enhances personal freedoms. Critics said it poses safety risks. Brewer expressed concern about wildfires when she vetoed a similar 2009 bill.

This year's version would allow the state to collect a penalty for misuse of fireworks and to use the money for fire suppression.

The bill would allow cities to prohibit use of fireworks, and counties could restrict use in incorporated areas during times of risk of wildfire.

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