Hundreds of volunteer fire departments throughout the state are set to receive first-quarter payments from West Virginia's new 12 percent tax on consumer fireworks. Each of the 428 departments will receive a check for, coincidentally, $428.

The report says taxes for the first two months of legal sales of the higher-power fireworks brought in a little over $740,000, including $134,000 collected in June and $606,000 in July.

Under the law, 75 percent of the tax revenue goes to the Veterans Facility Support Fund, to help fund construction of a veterans' nursing home in Beckley and maintain the nursing home in Clarksburg.

The other 25 percent will be divided among the volunteer fire departments.

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