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Mon January 12, 2009
KY Joins States Looking to Ban Novelty Lighters
By Todd Hatton/AP
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky is the latest state to consider a ban on toy-like novelty lighters blamed for fires that have killed at least two children in the United States.
Maine and Tennessee have already banned the devices, some shaped like tiny dogs, frogs, skateboards, baseball bats, even fire extinguishers.
Now lawmakers in several other states are pondering bans of their own, and city governments across the country have instituted local prohibitions.
Some Washington lawmakers have been pushing for a federal ban, as well.
Frankfort firefighter Carter Northcutt enlisted state Representative Derrick Graham to sponsor a bill to ban them.
Graham filed the legislation last week and says he isn't aware of any opposition to the measure.