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Illinois Residents Leave State for Fireworks

The 4th of July is really just right around the corner and that means Illinois residents are once again crossing the border to buy fireworks.

It takes about ten minutes to get to Shelton's Fireworks from the Illinois border and around this time of year locals notice a lot more activity at the shop.

Most fireworks are illegal to buy and use in the state of Illinois so people are forced to cross the state line for many of the goods they want.

Some Illinois residents think the law goes too far.

Illinois residents buying fireworks say they are just being patriotic.

In Danville, the mayor says police and fire departments will be on the look out for illegal fireworks in the days leading up to and following the holiday.

Items like sparklers and snakes are okay to use but other items like roman candles and bottle rockets are prohibited.

ABC NewsChannel 15's Heather Good Reports