Higher fees put on hold for fireworks sellers
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge allowed an out-of-state fireworks retailer today to avoid paying a higher permit fee to do business in Louisiana so they wouldn't miss the summer fireworks season.
Judge Wilson Fields issued a preliminary injunction to allow C & A Pyro to buy the necessary permits to sell fireworks at the in-state retailer cost, $100, rather than the higher $800 cost for out-of-state retailer permits.
The price difference was put into effect in May 2012. C&A filed for 11 permits this past March, but paid the previous year's price. When the fire marshal's office told them they would have to pay substantially more under the new law, C&A sued, claiming the practice discriminated against them unfairly and unconstitutionally.
Today the company argued they would receive substantial financial harm if the permits weren't approved by June 25, when summer fireworks sales begin in Louisiana. Attorneys for both sides did not object to the judge's preliminary injunction.
A hearing over the law's legality was scheduled for Sept. 20.