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House votes to let NC State shoot fireworks

A unanimous N.C. House voted Tuesday to allow N.C. State University to shoot fireworks without seeking permits from the city of Raleigh.

House Bill 55 lets the university host pyrotechnics displays under the supervision of its own fire marshal. UNC-Chapel Hill and the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem already have fireworks freedom under state law.

“It just eliminates one of the permitting steps along the way for these pyrotechnic displays,” said Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Cary Republican and the bill’s sponsor. “We’re simply extending to N.C. State the same thing that’s been in place and working just fine over at UNC-Chapel Hill.”

The bill now heads to the state Senate for another vote.