Some West Virginia lawmakers believe it’s time the Mountaineer State got some “real fireworks.”

A bill offered in the House would make such fireworks legal.

Under the measure, 10 percent of all taxes collected on the sale of fireworks would be dedicated to the state’s struggling volunteer fire departments.

Currently, non-exploding fireworks are legal, the kind that sparkle and fizzle but provide no bang for the bucks.

One lawmaker said it was time West Virginians could buy ”The real ones. Not those little toys.”

Such legislation has been offered in past legislative sessions, but the bills have died in committee.

Proponents point out that illegal fireworks are already commonplace in the state so helping out volunteer firefighters only makes sense.

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Details for this story were provided by The Bluefield (W.Va.) Daily Telegraph.

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