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Published June 27, 2010, 08:11 PM

The Bottle Rocket Ban

The North Dakota Senate passed a law last year banning the sale of bottle rockets at fireworks stands throughout the state. But some people are trying to reverse the decision.

By: Meagan Millage, WDAZ

Bottle rockets are off the shelves for this year's Fourth of July celebration, but some people have a problem with the new law.

"I don't agree with it. You can buy bigger ones than bottle rockets and apparently no one has a problem with that," customer Jeremy Bergeron says.

The debate lies in what the ban entails. Fireworks stands cannot sell or give away the miniature rocket, but the law does not make it illegal to have bottle rockets or shoot them off.

"I think its good and right to try to be keeping people safe. However, if you're using a product the way its designed to be used its not going to hurt anybody," Generous Jerry's Manager Paul Letvin says.

Like other local fireworks retailers, Letvin isn't worried about the ban affecting profits.

"It's mostly a smaller costing product anyway. Most of our sales come from some of the bigger items- the multishots, the artillery shells," Letvin says.

Because this is the first fireworks season the bottle rocket isn't being sold, Generous Jerry's has had quite a few people looking for it.

"Kind of like a broken record statement we'll have to keep saying," Letvin says.

Generous Jerry's has a petition in the store for people to sign. The statewide petition needs at least 12,844 signatures by August 4th to put the law to a public vote on the November ballot. If passed, bottle rockets would be available to people 18 and older.