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Jun 17, 2013 9:40 AM by AP/CS

Kansas company sues over fireworks fees

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Kansas company that sells fireworks in Louisiana is asking a state judge to strike down a law that imposes higher permit fees and penalties on out-of-state fireworks retailers than on local sellers.

A hearing is scheduled June 20 before state District Judge Wilson Fields.

The Advocate reports that C&A Pyro LLC, based in Prairie Village, Kansas, argues the higher fees are unconstitutional, discriminatory and unjustified.

State Fire Marshal Butch Browning, who is named as a defendant in the suit along with his office, said Friday he could not comment on the pending litigation.

Louisiana law sets a permit fee of $100 for resident retailers and $800 for nonresident retailers. Retailers who submit applications and fees after April 1 are charged a penalty equal to the permit fee.

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