Ed Gillespie calls for legalizing more fireworks in Virginia

Posted at 10:30 AM, Jul 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-04 10:30:22-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Ed Gillespie is calling for legalizing more types of fireworks in Virginia.

The Republican candidate for governor says the plan would create jobs and generate money for the state through sales taxes.

"Here in Virginia our fireworks are pretty rinky-dink," Gillespie said in a video. "In Virginia we're missing out on being able to create thousands  of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue. Not to mention having some fun."

Many fireworks for personal use are illegal in Virginia, including fireworks that explode, rise into the air, or fire projectiles into the air, according to the Dept. of Forestry. Several Hampton Roads cities also have ordinances banning fireworks, including sparklers. Gillespie's plan would let localities opt out of the plan if they choose.

His plan is to have the law take effect on July 4, 2018.

In response, a spokesperson for Democrat Ralph Northam said, "Dr. Northam likes fireworks as much as anyone, but he also wants to make sure you can afford health care in case you accidentally blow your hand off with one. We'd like to know if Ed believes the Republicans' healthcare plans will actually allow for that."