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    General Assembly gives final approval to regular indoor pyrotechnic
    displays

    (Raleigh-AP) -- The General Assembly has given final approval to
    legislation that would require local fire marshals to approve
    indoor pyrotechnic displays.
    The state Senate agreed to a House version of the bill filed in
    response to a February fire at a Rhode Island nightclub that killed
    99 people. The measure now goes to Governor Mike Easley for his
    signature.
    The legislation would allow county commissioners or city
    governments to issue permits for indoor pyrotechnics only after a
    fire marshal has determined that adequate fire suppression systems
    exist. The building would also have to be deemed suitable for the
    displays and have adequate exits.
    People who violated the legislation would be guilty of a
    misdemeanor.

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    Wisconsin Steps up

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Bands and other entertainers performing in
    venues with a capacity of fewer than 500 people would be banned
    from using pyrotechnics in their acts under a bill the Wisconsin
    Senate approved Tuesday in response to a deadly nightclub fire in
    Rhode Island.
    The Senate approved the bill on a voice vote and sent it to the
    Assembly. It needs the approval of the full Legislature and Gov.
    Jim Doyle to become law.
    Sen. Neal Kedzie, R-Elkhorn, proposed the legislation in
    response to a Feb. 20 fire at a Rhode Island nightclub that killed
    100 people. Authorities believe the blaze began after pyrotechnics
    from the band Great White set foam soundproofing inside the
    building on fire. Nearly 200 people were injured.
    Kedzie said it was common sense to ban pyrotechnics in smaller
    venues that typically have lower ceilings and other features that
    increase the danger of fire, threatening the safety of patrons.
    "Those who are attending these events are at risk without even
    knowing it," Kedzie said.
    There is currently no state law regarding the use of
    pyrotechnics in Wisconsin, and venues only have to receive local
    permits for their use.
    Kedzie said the bill would also give promoters and venue owners
    a clear standard for when fireworks are allowed instead of the
    current patchwork of local ordinances.
    Larger venues would continue to be subject only to local rules
    for the use of pyrotechnics. But the bill would impose various
    fines, from $1,000 and up to 90 days in jail for a single violation
    and up to $10,000 and up to six years in prison for a violation
    resulting in death.
    The bill would have an exemption for the use of fireworks in an
    educational display put on by a post secondary institution.
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    The bill is SB 104.
    ---
    On the Net:
    State Legislature: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
    Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
    Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

    *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
    On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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