A favorite 4th of July pastime is under attack from Big Nanny Bloomberg, as his office is urging Governor Cuomo to veto a bill that would allow sparkler sales outside of New York City.
Via the New York Post:
Mayor Bloomberg will urge Gov. Cuomo to veto legislation that would legalize the sale of sparklers outside New York City, arguing that terrorists could resort to using even kiddie fireworks to ignite a bomb. And that’s a risk not worth taking, City Hall officials said.
The mayor opposes the measure, which the Legislature passed last week, even though it wouldn’t apply to the five boroughs, where a ban on sparklers — and all other fireworks — would remain in effect. The bill would allow the sale of sparklers and other small “novelty” fireworks only in counties outside the city.
“While this bill excludes New York City, legalizing these devices everywhere else in the state would, as a practical matter, have the same effect in the five boroughs,” Joseph Garba, the mayor’s state legislative director, said in a memo. “A recent attempt to harm innocent lives provides a frightening example of how legally purchased . . . fireworks can cause dramatic harm and even kill.”
Garba cited the case of failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, who bought a package of legal M-88 from out of state to help ignite his dud bomb in 2010.
Three problems with these statements.
1) Shahzad was using firecrackers that contained gunpowder, something sparklers do not have.
2) Terrorists could still ignite their bombs with, say, matches.
3) What terrorist is going to say, “Damn, how do I get past this sparkler ban?”