Anyone driving on a Massachusetts highway has seen the electric signs reminding them that fireworks are a no-no in the state. And for most people seeing those signs, the tiny Libertarian inside their head (we all have one) started whispering, “What the hell, man? I thought this was America! Why would they ban fireworks in Massachusetts?”

This is why they would ban fireworks in Massachusetts:

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The fireworks ban in Massachusetts is nothing new, and New Hampshire is still right there, so if you want to risk a fine and your hand, feel free to do so. But it’s not entirely unjustified to have the ban in place.