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Law snuffs out novelty lighter sales

Lighters which could be mistaken for toys may no longer legally be sold after Oct. 1. File photo. (click for larger version)
September 06, 2010
Don't expect to find lighters that look like toys on store shelves anymore.

The state has banned the sale of novelty lighters, under a newly enacted law, originally proposed by state Rep. Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton. Gov. Deval Patrick signed the bill Monday, Aug. 9, and it takes affect Friday, Oct. 1.

The law is intended to prevent people from buying the devices and accidentally causing a fire. Massachusetts is the 14th state to approve such a statute, according to a press release from the state Fire Marshal's office.

"There is a purpose for a lighter and it shouldn't be disguised as anything else," Alicea said during an interview last week. "It's a great step in helping children," Alicea said during an interview last week.

Under the law, a lighter is defined as a device that creates a flame and is designed to look like a toy and be attractive to children 10 and under. Novelty lighters are often designed to look like guns, guitars, and even firefighter helmets.

The law does not apply to lighters manufactured before 1980 and considered collectibles. Violators face a fine of up to $1,000 or one year in jail.

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