INDIANAPOLIS — Counties, cities and towns in Indiana could restrict or outright ban the use of fireworks except during three days of the year under legislation endorsed by a state Senate committee on Wednesday.

The bill approved 9-1 by the Senate Local Government and Elections Committee and sent to the full Senate would be a major change to a law enacted just last year that many legislators had hoped would end years of debate about the sale and use of fireworks in Indiana.

That law permits the use of fireworks every day from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., with an extension to midnight on state holidays such as the Fourth of July and New Year’s. It requires they be shot off on the user’s property or another’s with the owner’s permission, and imposes a fee on firework purchases that is used for firefighter training.

The law was meant to end a previous system that allowed people to buy fireworks by signing a form promising to set them off out of state or areas designated for their use. Critics said it was a sham because it was largely ignored, rarely enforced and essentially made criminals out of ordinary residents.

But residents and officials from several cities have complained about the new law, saying it has led to an increase in fireworks use and people are shooting them off early in the morning.

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