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Forum staff reports, Published February 14 2013

North Dakota House votes to lift bottle rocket sale ban

BISMARCK – The North Dakota House has voted to lift a 4-year-old ban on selling bottle rockets.

The House voted 53-47 Wednesday to lift the ban. The measure now goes to the Senate.

Eye doctors helped the Legislature see the need to ban bottle rocket sales in 2009, saying the fireworks cause eye injuries. An effort to overturn the ban failed in 2011.

The current law still allows people to possess and shoot off bottle rockets but businesses in North Dakota can’t sell them.