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New Ordinance in Miami Allows the Retail Sale of Fireworks Within City Limits

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A new ordinance in Miami allows the retail sale of fireworks within the city limits.

But so far, few have taken interest in the new regulation.  

"Currently legally I would say there's zero (fireworks stands.)" says Miami Fire Chief Ronnie Cline.
   
The ordinance allows the sale of fireworks within city limit from June 15th to July 6th.

Cline says applying for a permit is easy.

"If we know ahead of time we can put it on our schedule of planning to be there and the site and everything then it can be expedited in one day fairly easy."

Some residents say that driving outside of the city limits to buy fireworks is not a problem, while others say that stands in the city limits would be more convenient.

"It'd be closer, it would be easier for people to travel and get to them," says Miami resident Earnest Burt.

"If somebody can just swing right in and pick up what they want and leave, it's going to be incredibly convenient for them," says fireworks stand operator John Dorsey.
     
Dorsey runs a fireworks stand just outside of the city.

His church group has applied for a permit to sell in Miami, but so far it's the only application the city has seen.  

He says short notice might be to blame.

"I just heard about a week and a half ago."

Cline says despite the short notice, he is surprised more people haven't applied.

"I thought that we would have four or five possible six entities that would probably be looking for a permit to be able to sell fireworks here but yeah surprisingly the numbers have been really really low."

Dorsey says he expects to have his tent set up by the end of the week.

"I think its going to be a couple more days, we're kind of finishing up the permit process. We're looking forward to getting in there, it's just going go be awesome for us."

Applications for firework sale permits are available at the City Clerks office in Miami.
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