Jun 21, 2013 8:54 AM by AP
A judge has issued an order barring the state fire marshal from charging nonresident fireworks retailers higher permit fees and penalties than resident retailers.
State District Judge Wilson Fields' order, which came at the conclusion of a hearing on Thursday, also prohibits the fire marshal from withholding 11 retail fireworks permits from C&A Pyro LLC, a Kansas company that sells fireworks in Louisiana.
Fire marshal attorney Erin St. Pierre and C&A Pyro attorney Andrew Quackenbos told Fields before he issued his order that the state had no objection to him making the preliminary ruling.
It is illegal to sell fireworks in Louisiana without a permit issued by the fire marshal.