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Is Memphis missing out on making fireworks legal?

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

We've heard it a hundred times this week. It's illegal to shoot fireworks in Shelby County.

With exception of one stand in Lakeland in northeast Shelby County, it's illegal to sell fireworks in the county as well.

But is Shelby County missing out on tax dollars? The sale and use of fireworks is now legal in roughly 90 percent of America, and that even includes in some big cities and most of the rest of the Volunteer State.

Even though it's illegal in Shelby County, people flock to Fireworks City in Lakeland and across the stateline into Mississippi to buy them, bring them home, and have a pyro-show of their own.

By some published estimates, Fireworks City in Lakeland brings in close to $2 million on the Fourth of July alone.

So, why is Shelby County such a dud? Lobbyist and business owner Melissa Bast explains.

Click the video above for her interview with FOX13 News anchor Darrell Greene.

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