federal government moved June 4 to avert a crisis that threatened
to cancel Fourth of July fireworks shows around the country.
notice issued by the Homeland Security and Transportation departments
aims to get fireworks moving by rail again, something that has not
happened since February, The Kansas City Star reported.
companies embargoed transporting fireworks and other commercial
explosives in response to background check regulations issued by
what is now the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
trucking companies were also reluctant to transport the material.
The companies feared the drivers would be prosecuted if they had
not undergone a background check.
notice clarifies that the bureau rules do not apply to rail workers,
since they already are adequately overseen by the Department of