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After showing the good sense just a couple of weeks ago to ban the sale and use of large fireworks like cherry bombs, Roman candles and M-80s, Louisville's Metro Council now plans to vote again on Thursday to reverse that decision. And I can't think of a worse idea.
Since two Council members were absent when the original ban was passed 11 to 10 -- and they both apparently side with those who opposed the ban -- the losers from last time want a do-over.
But I hope they'll think again. Because you can call them what you want, but the truth is, we're talking about dangerous explosives. And they have no business in the hands of people untrained in their proper use.
I know -- some Council members can't resist the tax revenues that would result from allowing their legal sale. But the trade-off simply isn't worth it. The Council has a duty to promote public safety, and as Madonna Flood, the leading supporter of the ban, has pointed out, "Every fire department, fire chief and fire department board of trustees has begged us not to let this happen."
When it comes to absurdly dangerous products, M-80s and cherry bombs are right up there with the old Saturday Night Live classic, "Bag ‘o Glass." And as far as I'm concerned, they have no more right to be legally peddled on our city's store shelves.