Stephen Colbert Takes on Bloomberg’s Sparkler Ban

No sparklers allowed. (Photo Credit: Shalom Ormsby)

No sparklers allowed. (Photo Credit: Shalom Ormsby)

Stephen Colbert found a new enemy on last night’s The Colbert Report: Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his opposition to a bill that would legalize sparklers outside New York City limits.

“He’s attacked our smokers, he’s attacked our Big Gulps, and now he’s attacked one of our time-honored patriotic traditions,” Mr. Colbert declared.

Joseph Garba, the mayor’s state legislative director, cited the failed bombing attempt by Faisal Shahzad in 2010 as a rational basis for the ban, according to an article in the New York Post. Mr. Shahzad purchased a pack of M-88 fireworks out of state, which he tried to use to light his defective bomb.

The current legislation allows for sparklers and toy caps to be sold from June 1 to July 5 and December 26 to January 2, outside city limits. But even with the mayor’s justification, Mr. Colbert wasn’t buying this ban.

“Oh no!” he said, sarcastically. “Al-Qaeda might wait ’til dark and write ‘Death to America’ in the air.”

See the full segment from The Colbert Report below: