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Wholesalers such as TNT make a 2 percent to 5 percent profit from firework sales, said Dennis Revell, a TNT spokesperson.
TNT, through American Promotional Events Inc., has contributed money to multiple ballot measure campaigns to legalize fireworks or defeat bans.
Among its arguments: Expanding fireworks sales will make local communities safer.
Revell said California has the highest standards for "safe and sane" fireworks in the nation, and increasing their availability will decrease accidents by discouraging the use of less safe fireworks.
"Statistics have clearly demonstrated in the last 10 years as more cities have chosen to allow fireworks for the Fourth of July, the use of illegal fireworks and the problems associated with them have gone down," Revell said.
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Fire Marshal Ray Iverson echoed that argument at an Assembly committee hearing last week, telling lawmakers that the measure would increase safety by discouraging the use of illegal fireworks.
He added that December is a more favorable time for fireworks than July.
"The threat of fire is reduced, greatly reduced at that time of the year," he said.