Fourth of July Fireworks

Some people in Los Angeles, CA appear to have decided to ignore the license-permit raj regarding fireworks and celebrated the birth of the United States of America with real fireworks. One twitter user posted a video with the message:

IN THY FACE AUHORITARIAN SWINE! SO HAPPY AND PROUD! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Examples of the regulatory/administrative state run amock abound. Resisting the state is the duty of all decent people. As the Declaration of Independence declares:

      • People have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
      • To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed
      • That, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it

It’s more than high time that Americans get around to abolish the oppressive regulatory/administrative government. It’s time for Americans to regain their freedom.

Just BTW, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1776. As it happens, Independence Hall is less than an hour north of where I live.

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Here’s a glaring example of over-regulation. California Health & Safety Code §§ 12505, 12677 defines what are “Dangerous Fireworks” (and all other fireworks are classified as “Safe and sane”):

Private citizens who are not licensed by the state to discharge explosives are strictly prohibited from possessing and discharging (and retailers are prohibited from selling) certain fireworks that state law lists as “dangerous.” Dangerous fireworks include:

        • any that contain arsenic sulfide, arsenates, or arsenites, boron, chlorates, gallates or gallic acid, magnesium, mercury salts, phosphorous, picrates or picric acid, thiocyanates, titanium, or zirconium
        • firecrackers
        • skyrockets and rockets (anything that shoots up and explodes)
        • roman candles and anything that discharges a ball of fire into the air
        • chasers (anything that darts or travels along ground during discharge)
        • sparklers more than 10 inches in length or one-fourth of one inch in diameter, … [Source. Nolo Press.]

Author: Atanu Dey

Economist.

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