Our Asheville Injury lawyers wish you a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend. Please celebrate responsibly, leave the fireworks to the professionals and don’t drink and drive.
A horrific North Carolina fireworks accident that left three people dead last year on Ocracoke Island has prompted the City of Asheville to change plans for its annual fireworks show, Fox Carolina reported. The city is moving the event to Memorial Stadium, instead of holding it at its traditional location downtown. The move will also assist the pyrotechnic professionals hired to conduct the show. New state law requires licenses for all pyrotechnic operators. South Carolina has had a similar law on the books since 1991.
“We want communities to have fireworks displays and pay tribute to the holiday,” North Carolina Fire Marshal Kerry Hall told the Charlotte Observer. “Prior to this law, it was up to local jurisdictions to decide what a pyrotechnics expert is. Now we have a minimum benchmark for everyone in the state.”