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Anchorage New Year's Eve Fireworks Law Change Possible

April 27, 2012|By Jason Lamb | Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — There may be a change coming as early as this summer to one of the most controversial issues in Anchorage: lighting off fireworks onNew Year's Eve.

Earlier this week, the Anchorage Assembly scrapped a re-write of the current fireworks law, after it went through several committee meetings.

If the Assembly doesn't change the current fireworks law, it will expire by the end of the year.  But Assembly member Dick Traini says he's promising a new law for the body to approve as early as this summer, that would once again make fireworks legal in Anchorage during a few hours onNew Year's Eve.

A revised law put in place this early in the year would be a big change from the past two years, when the Assembly passed the fireworks laws with just days to go before year's end. It left residents without a lot of time to learn about the new rules, restricting when and where people could use fireworks.

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Traini said he's also pushing for a ballot proposition in next year's Anchorage election, which could make the fireworks laws in Anchorage permanent.

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