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(KHOU Houston)   Texas just made buying fireworks easier than ever. What could go wrong?   (khou.com) divider line 38
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2013-07-01 01:47:37 AM
What could go wrong with a bunch of dumbasses blowing themselves up?

"Texas" is just a bonus.
 
2013-07-01 02:02:21 AM
Absolutely nothing. Nothing bad has ever happened because of deregulation in Texas.
 
2013-07-01 09:37:20 AM
In don't believe in evolution so...nothing?
 
2013-07-01 09:37:22 AM
Reekris!
 
2013-07-01 09:39:19 AM
Fun
 
2013-07-01 09:41:55 AM
according to gun nuts planning a jog with their penises... I mean guns in their hand, nothing, and these headlines are written by nanny state morons
 
2013-07-01 09:43:13 AM
"Hey, y'all! Watch this!"
Repeat until...
 
2013-07-01 09:45:40 AM
So like the State of Georgia, they finally figured out banning fireworks does no good.

/Georgia "Fireworks are Illegal here" Residents "OK it is a short drive to Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, we'll just have to stockpile."
 
2013-07-01 09:45:58 AM
I'm currently living in one of the last bastions of fireworks freedom!

They are sold pretty much everywhere; in convenience and drugstores, in competition with those shady operators selling fireworks out the backs of vans and tractor-trailers.

The dumbass city council here is much more concerned with people parking on city streets for more than five hours, fruitlessly trying to introduce pay parking in downtown (which the downtown merchants unanimously reject every time!) and introducing a cat license.

A notice in the local paper "please be careful with fireworks this holiday weekend" from the fire marshal  is about it.
 
2013-07-01 09:52:39 AM
I was trying to figure out what they could have done to make buying firecrackers even easier than it already is. Turns out that's not what the article is about at all.
 
2013-07-01 09:57:15 AM
So a couple of morons get killed and everybody else has a great time. Stop trying to protect people from their own idiocy.
 
2013-07-01 10:05:48 AM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: Stop trying to protect people from their own idiocy.


Amen.

They say that insanity is doing the same thing, over and over, expecting different results.  But the Nannies keep trying to "protect" people from themselves; get unintended consequences; go to step 1.
 
2013-07-01 10:06:58 AM

sbchamp: "Hey, y'all! Watch this!"
Repeat until...


You left out, "Hold my beer".
 
2013-07-01 10:09:33 AM
In my location I could walk a mile to two large tents that sell fireworks one on each side of the road or the large building just in front of the tents. I feel no need to buy fireworks though, because the people around me set so many off starting the weekend before last and they buy the mortar type.
 
2013-07-01 10:09:58 AM
City of Houston is just about retarded as can be when it comes to fireworks. They don't want fireworks within city limits, so they don't allow the transportation of them. Every year, I'm convinced this is how the cops bring in a sizable chunk of their budget. What happens is you can buy fireworks in Katy but if you have to pass through City of Houston limits to get back to your home (in Katy), the cops pull you over and write you a ticket. They've got some schmuck parked outside one of the fireworks trailers/buildings and they alert their buddies sitting in the city limits to who's going in their direction. They just line 'em up and write tickets. Like a sordid speed trap.
So you used to get a ticket for *transporting fireworks.* Got your stockpile of firearms in your car? That's fine. But those fireworks, oooooh boy. You're in trouble now.
 
2013-07-01 10:11:50 AM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: So a couple of morons get killed and everybody else has a great time. Stop trying to protect people from their own idiocy.


Eh, if it's just culling the herd, that's no big deal. The problem for the past few years was Texas' overwhelming drought. One stray spark, and the resident idiot could cause innocent people to lose their homes.

And that's terrible.
 
2013-07-01 10:16:48 AM

Tom_Slick: So like the State of Georgia, they finally figured out banning fireworks does no good.

/Georgia "Fireworks are Illegal here" Residents "OK it is a short drive to Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, we'll just have to stockpile."


Not really, you can only get the shiatty ones that do showers of sparks, still have to drive if you want the good mortar rounds.
 
2013-07-01 10:17:23 AM
I spent $627 buying fireworks last night so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

/South Carolina
 
2013-07-01 10:18:07 AM
Every Fourth of July, the neighbors declare war.   I don't know who wins, but I know who loses (sleep).
 
2013-07-01 10:30:14 AM
I'm trying to figure out how the headline ties into the article. Buying fireworks is the same. Transporting them within the City of Houston is now legal. Big as it is, the City of Houston is not the entire state of Texas.
 
2013-07-01 10:33:06 AM

Rhypskallion: Every Fourth of July, the neighbors declare war.   I don't know who wins, but I know who loses (sleep).




This!

As I am a veteran of the first gulf war and operation southern watch sleep is out of the question when fireworks are going off.

Thankfully this year I have the day after off, because it was made a holiday by the governor. In the past I have always had to use vacation time, because they do not stop until way after 3am.
 
2013-07-01 10:39:13 AM

mizchief: Tom_Slick: So like the State of Georgia, they finally figured out banning fireworks does no good.

/Georgia "Fireworks are Illegal here" Residents "OK it is a short drive to Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, we'll just have to stockpile."

Not really, you can only get the shiatty ones that do showers of sparks, still have to drive if you want the good mortar rounds.


True, but at least your can get the ones for the kids locally.
 
2013-07-01 10:51:24 AM
Darwin's gonna run out of awards just instance

/get 'em whore they're hot
 
2013-07-01 10:52:58 AM

Gonz: To The Escape Zeppelin!: So a couple of morons get killed and everybody else has a great time. Stop trying to protect people from their own idiocy.

Eh, if it's just culling the herd, that's no big deal. The problem for the past few years was Texas' overwhelming drought. One stray spark, and the resident idiot could cause innocent people to lose their homes.

And that's terrible.


Agreed, but this year there are no weather restrictions and even then starting a wildfire is already illegal.
 
2013-07-01 10:55:08 AM
*sigh* Yeah, I'm in a county that's had a hard five years of miserable drought, has had an incessant burn ban on, in a region littered with dead grass, trash, debris, tumbleweeds, and other flammables, and am completely surrounded by oil wells and storage tanks... and these idiots have already been sending up every kind of firework you can think of and then some all weekend! I guess the memory of the horrendous fires from two years ago was too far back to be a lesson. :/
 
2013-07-01 10:58:25 AM
This is what I keep expecting to come home to:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/ff/Oil_sullage_tank_b u rns_after_explosion.jpg
 
2013-07-01 11:10:27 AM
Do we have a lot of Fark fireworks enthusiasts? I'm heading to Phantom Fireworks on Wednesday to stock up for the annual 'grill burgers and blow shiat up' festival at my brother's house. We usually get a few mortar kits and multi-shot boxes and spend about half an hour making stuff go boom. So far, we still have all of our fingers, but that's because I'm a total asshole about safety rules.

Anybody have any recommendations or suggestions for specific items? I tend to go with the Lock 'n' Load mortar kits and then whatever repeaters catch my eye. I like the finale racks but they are usually a bit pricey. Half the fun for me is setting everything up just right and timing out the launches so you get a good show and not just a bunch of assholes randomly launching fireworks.
 
2013-07-01 11:30:32 AM
Troll headline.

This didn't change any restrictions on the purchase, all it did was eliminate a stupid law which was being abused by small towns around the cities.

in some of the more populous areas (Houston) there are a lot of smaller towns which have no physical seperation.  You can drive between 5 different cities or towns and not even realize it.  They are not consistent in their laws when it comes to fireworks.  One town may ban all fireworks while a block away anything goes, and six blocks from there the're illegal again.

A lot of the smaller towns were abusing this by stationing unmarked cars by the fireworks stands and watching drivers leave.  If they went in the direction of their town, they would follow, wait for you to get on the two miles of road that belongs to them, pull you over and write a $500 ticket.  You may only be passing through for 5 minutes, but it doesn't matter.

This gets rid of their 4th of July cash cow.  I don't buy fireworks because it seems like a waste of money to me, but I don't have a problem with eliminating this tactic from the shakedown book.
 
2013-07-01 11:34:02 AM
No, they made transporting them easier, not buying them. Reading comprehension not your strong suit, eh subby?
 
2013-07-01 11:40:46 AM
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Approve of your efforts to make buying fireworks easier
 
2013-07-01 12:10:38 PM
Wait till they find out you can buy black powder at the hardware store.
 
2013-07-01 12:44:12 PM
I don't buy fireworks, but I don't mind this revision to the law.  There's a year-round stand at the NM/TX  border (in El Paso County) that the cops sit at and make sure you don't head into the city limits of El Paso with your wares where the transport is illegal.  So these people head into NM and drive around for awhile and then head south... or they take the backroads.
It was just a stoopid law.
It's DESERT FIRE SEASON!
 
2013-07-01 12:53:09 PM
Let me get this straight: Regulating women's health care is good because it keeps women safe.
De-regulating fireworks is good because women (or children or pets or. property or... anything) can't possibly get hurt by fireworks!

The Texas legislature is full of sociopaths.

/I'm bored this morning.
 
2013-07-01 02:19:41 PM
I like how the law reads like open container laws:  Was people within reach of fireworks a problem in the past?
 
2013-07-01 02:53:58 PM
Seems appropriate:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TvezOMztq4

(And why is there no easy way to title links anymore?)
 
2013-07-01 04:31:14 PM
It's been 108 in Central Texas these last few days. I'm wondering if the Texas Legislature managed to re-fund the state's firefighters during the last session or if they were too worried about regulating hoo-hahs.
 
2013-07-01 05:11:53 PM
Ah yes, it's that time again for cavemen and their fireworks.

A fool and his money are easily parted, and so are his body parts.
 
2013-07-01 05:27:39 PM
I can't remember if it was in Crosbyton, Ralls, or Lorenzo TX that I saw it, but for years and years there was a "Troop 59 Fireworks" stand on Highway 82 in one of those towns.  I bet that stand was their major source of funds.
 
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