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All it took for a hundred people to die during a show by the hair metal band Great White was a sudden burst from four giant sparklers that ignited the acoustical foam lining the Station nightclub. But who was at fault? And who would pay? This being Rhode Island, the two questions wouldn't necessarily have the same answer.

"Trial By Fire" by Scott James is the story of the fire's aftermath because while the fire, one of America's deadliest, lasted minutes, the search for the truth would take years.

Bestselling author and three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist Scott James investigates all the central figures, including the band's manager and lead singer, the fire inspector, the maker of the acoustical foam, as well as the brothers.

Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce holding a package of fireworks you can purchase at the grocery store.
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Reversing a 2016 move, the Albany County Legislature has voted to ban the use and sale of fireworks.

Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce holding a package of fireworks you can purchase at the grocery store.
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Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce, fellow Democrat Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, and Albany Fire Chief Joseph Gregory announced new legislation limiting the use of fireworks in Albany County.


Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce says he made a mistake when he voted for a local law legalizing sparklers in 2016. With communities across the Northeast now grappling with fireworks popping off at all hours, Joyce this morning announced an effort to roll back the county’s participation in the legal sale of small fireworks. Joyce, a Democrat, spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Mayor Gary McCarthy joins Schenectady public safety officials at a press conference Wednesday
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Schenectady is looking for a solution to the problem of persistent late-night fireworks in the Electric City.


Still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts are trying to apply strong medicine to what they’ve called an epidemic of illegal fireworks.

The Price Chopper Fabulous Fourth and Fireworks Festival at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York, United States celebrating US Independence Day
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A New York Capital Region tradition has been sidelined due to COVID-19.

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It’s a tradition in Lake George, New York to end long summer days with fireworks. Every Thursday night and on the Fourth of July, the Village of Lake George puts on a show that keeps visitors coming into town long after sunset. But, as WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, those shows can get expensive…

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After a noisy Fourth of July in upstate New York,  officials are rethinking their approach to legal and illegal fireworks.


It seemed like the Fourth of July was noisier than usual for residents of New York's capital city.

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A man igniting a sparkler in New Hampshire accidentally set fire to fireworks he had in his SUV, causing them to explode and sending him and his family scrambling for safety.

Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan with City of Albany officials held a press conference reminding residents about the legality of fireworks in Albany.
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Heading toward Independence day, officials in the city of Albany are promoting fireworks safety.

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In 2015, Schenectady County was one several across New York that opted in to a state law allowing small fireworks and sparklers to be sold at certain times of the year.  But two years later, and with Independence Day approaching, some are calling on the county to opt-out of the state law to curb the use of illegal fireworks.

WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

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One key tourist town in our region says a new fireworks law is a dud. The Village of Lake George is pushing Warren County to reconsider participating in New York’s law allowing small fireworks. Meanwhile, other communities across the state may face their own challenges.

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The Lake George Village Board is calling for Warren County supervisors to repeal legislation allowing the sale of small fireworks.

Connecticut state police say illegal fireworks worth nearly $250,000 have been seized from a home and a storage barn in Danbury.

NY Has A New Fireworks Permitting Law

Jul 18, 2013

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to enhance firework safety on state property.