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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Purchases of flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies are free from Louisiana's 4 percent state sales tax May 24-25, state revenue officials said.

The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday gives residents a chance to prepare for storm season, which begins June 1.

The sales tax holiday applies to the first $1,500 of the purchase price of each item, according to Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield.

Eligible items include:

— Self-powered light sources, such as flashlights and candles.

— Portable self-powered radios, two-way radios and weather-band radios.

— Tarpaulins or other flexible waterproof sheeting.

— Ground anchor systems, straps or tie-down kits.

— Gas or diesel fuel tanks.

— Batteries, sizes AAA, AA, C, D, 6-volt, or 9-volt. Automobile batteries and boat batteries are not eligible.

— Cellular phone batteries and chargers.

— Non-electric food storage coolers.

— Portable generators.

— Storm shutter devices specifically designed to prevent window damage from storms.

— Carbon monoxide detectors.

Local taxes apply unless specifically exempted by local taxing authorities.

More details on items eligible under the tax holiday program are available online at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/hurricaneprep.

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