San Nicolas: 'Make Guam fun again'
Bill seeks to legalize sale of fireworks
By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Sen. Dwayne San Nicolas is seeking to bring fireworks to the Guam economy by creating a fireworks industry on island.
“I want to make Guam fun again,” said San Nicolas, author of Bill 9-37, which would legalize and regulate the use of consumer-grade ﬁreworks on Guam.
Consumer-grade ﬁreworks were once legal on the island where families bonded during the holidays to enhance gatherings.
“I want to bring back something from my childhood. I know children and everybody would love and enjoy this, as consumer-grade ﬁreworks are already legal in Saipan the Northern Mariana Islands," San Nicolas said.
If passed into law, the bill, which was included in the Oct. 9 session agenda, would open the market for businesses to sell fireworks and promote economic development on Guam, the senator said. The bill noted that numerous statutes have been enacted to strictly regulate the importation, sale, purchase and use of consumer ﬁreworks.
While there might be concerns for public safety and security with the use of consumer-grade ﬁreworks, San Nicolas said the proposed measure would prevent the illegal and dangerous practice of using ﬁrearms as a substitute for ﬁreworks.
Additionally, minors would only be allowed to ignite or set oﬀ consumer ﬁreworks with permission and under immediate supervision and control of parents, guardians, or a supervising adult. The bill is cosponsored by Speaker Therese Terlaje, Vice Speaker Tina Muna Barnes, Sens. Joe San Agustin, Roy Quinata, William Parkinson, Jesse Lujan and Thomas Fisher.