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Albany- Lawmakers made sure the Fourth of July won't have any extra sparkle this year. The state house has rejected a bill that would have legalized sparklers.

Fireworks makers have long pushed to change Georgia's fireworks ban. Albany Deputy Fire Chief James Carswell and fire fighters across the state have encouraged the ban to remain.

"The use of sparklers is no different than a match, they burns at a thousand degrees Fahrenheit, and obviously at that degree of temperature it could actually set a lot of things on fire," said Carswell.

Fire officials say, safe fireworks just don't exist.

Fireworks are among the leading cause of injuries that require a trip to the emergency room. But firefighters say even sparklers are dangerous because they can easily cause burns.

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