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Florida's firework laws tough to enforce

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

If you're planning a New Year's Eve show, you might want to brush up on Florida's fireworks laws.

Just because you see fireworks in a store or at a street corner doesn't mean it's legal to set them off. The only fireworks legal for use by consumers who don't possess a special permit are those that fall into the category known as "sparklers." 

That category includes sparklers, fountains, smoke bombs and novelties. If you try to buy fireworks, stores often ask you to sign an agreement indicating you will use them to scare off animals on your farm or fish hatchery.

Law enforcement officers say it's difficult to enforce that law. They're asking folks to be careful.

Across the country in 2011, nearly 18,000 fires were sparked and about 10,000 people were hospitalized in firework-related incidents.

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