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Fla. Court OK’s County’s Fireworks Ordinance

(CN) - The Florida Supreme Court upheld a county ordinance requiring fireworks shops to prove financial responsibility by carrying $1 million in liability insurance.

Brevard County passed the ordinance, which fireworks seller Phantom of Brevard challenged as unconstitutional.

Justice Canady ruled that the county's ordinance complies with Florida fireworks laws.

"There is conflict between a local ordinance and a state statute when the local ordinance cannot co-exist with the state statute," Canady wrote. "(Florida law) does not in any way address the subject matter addressed by the 'evidence of financial responsibility' provision."

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