Are Fireworks Legal In My State?

It’s about that time again — when patriotic Americans from every walk of life celebrate the violent birth of this great nation by blowing shit up. We love it. That’s why we’d like to help make sure you’re aware of your state’s (potentially uncool) laws regarding fireworks. We’ve posted the CPSC’s summary of state regulations inside. Enjoy.

Keep in mind, local ordinances may apply. Don’t end up like this poor guy who accidentally drove over a stretch of road that had been annexed by Houston after legally buying fireworks and got slapped with a $500 to $2,000 fine.

From the CPSC:

The following is a summary of state regulations as of June 1, 2008.

I. STATES THAT ALLOW SOME OR ALL TYPES OF CONSUMER FIREWORKS (formerly known as class C fireworks), APPROVED BY ENFORCING AUTHORITY, OR AS SPECIFIED IN LAW (39 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico):

New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

(The District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, in addition to the above states enforce the federal regulations and applicable state restrictions.)).





IV. STATES THAT BAN ALL CONSUMER FIREWORKS (including those which are allowed by CPSC regulations) – (total of 5 states):

New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island

Houston’s short fuse [Houston Chronicle]
Fireworks Fact Sheet [CPSC]
(Photo: The Joy Of The Mundane )


Edit Your Comment

  1. Farquar says:

    New Jersey
    New York
    Rhode Island

    = UnAmerican Bastards

  2. wow theres a myth around in Virginia that nearly all of them are illegal. weird. good information to know.

  3. tedyc03 says:

    A lot of times the fireworks are restricted by counties too. I know in California San Francisco County bars fireworks but Sutter county doesn’t.

  4. Jabberkaty says:

    Shouldn’t we be free to blow off our hands? I mean, isn’t that why God gave us two?

  5. temporaryscars says:

    Once again, New York proves to be totally lame. All taxes and no play makes Johnny a dull boy.

  6. TheBigLewinski says:

    The C-Suckers in NJ sure know how to spoil the fun. I bet that Corzine would approve them if he could charge an excise tax.

  7. I don’t care about simply whether they’re legal. I just want know which states have tractor trailers full of fireworks for sale all year round. And giant concrete buildings along the interstates that do the same. Alabama: Crazy Bill FTW.

  8. Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ) says:

    Celebrate the independance of your country by blowing up a small portion of it.

  9. crabbyman6 says:

    The PA law is a bit more restrictive than they make it sound. Sparklers and those little pop guns are allowed, but that’s about it. Of course, they have to enforce said laws for them to matter, which on the 4th they usually don’t bother with where I live. You also can’t legally buy good fireworks in PA, unless you have an out of state drivers license, then it seems to be a don’t ask don’t tell policy.

  10. Triborough says:

    So only Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and
    Rhode Island don’t care about having their citizens maimed?

  11. @TheBigLewinski: I’m waiting for Corzine to blow himself up, or have a Trooper do it, then give the hospital tax payer money to thank them for treating him, and the original crime get forgotten about.

  12. Ghede says:

    Like it really matters. The only time I’ve heard of people getting arresting in my state for possessing fireworks is when they blew something up like an idiot.

  13. BloggyMcBlogBlog says:

    Celebrate the birth of your country by blowing up a small part of it.

    – Unnamed Convenience Store Clerk, to Homer Simpson

  14. Idiots do sure like blowing things up. I don’t know why there’re laws to stop idiots from blowing themselves, up.

  15. MissPeacock says:

    @Ash78: Yay! Alabama. I love Crazy Bill’s. I wonder, though, why our state has all of those HUGE Fireworks places at each border when our surrounding states can also have fireworks. I had always just assumed it was so folks in GA, TN, MS, FL could get fireworks here and take them back to their states. Maybe we have less restrictive laws?

  16. harvey_birdman_attorney_at_law says:

    That’s not correct about Pennsylvania. While out of state residents can buy whatever they want, PA residents cannot buy fireworks in state. Really. I’m not making that up, this state really is that stupid.

    I swear I’m not making that up. I know it sounds stupid, because it is, but it’s true. REALLY!


  17. angrychicken says:

    Crap, I move all the way from New York to another state where I can’t legally blow myself up. This is not what our founding fathers had in mind when they wrote the Declaration of Independence.

  18. temporaryscars says:

    The War Against Sparklers continues!


  19. B says:

    @ConsequencesIX: Meh, I don’t care about idiots blowing themselves up, but I’m concerned about them burning down the neighborhood.

  20. BloggyMcBlogBlog says:

    @harvey_birdman_attorney_at_law: I think a lot of states are like that. I know Indiana is.

  21. harvey_birdman_attorney_at_law says:

    follow up – from the morons at the state police themselves –


  22. Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ) says:

    @BloggyMcBlogBlog: Wasn’t it Apu? Eh… damn Family Guy and Peter blowing up his hand to ruin my memory of that Simpsons reference.

  23. MameDennis says:

    Too true. It’s the only thing more fucked up than our liquor laws.

  24. nutrigm says:

    Even though I loved fireworks and would play for hours on end when I was little. Today I really think we need to think twice and do as little damage as we can to the environment. Even if it means print one sheet of paper less per day. And no I’m not a leftist pacifist or whatever! lol

  25. It is kinda odd that the states that ban certain fireworks, are allowed to sell them. I’m from Wisconsin and I always go to Illinois to buy fireworks I can’t get in Wisconsin.

  26. temporaryscars says:

    @nutrigm: Yeah, because god forbid you were one of those, right?


  27. Kishi says:

    The funny thing about Utah is that fireworks are only legal for sale during certain days of the year. If I remember right, it’s something like the three days before and after Fourth of July, New Year’s, Chinese New Year’s, and Pioneer Day, which is a state holiday.

    I should have stocked up more before we moved back to Arizona. We’ve only got illegal sparklers.

  28. Bladefist says:

    @Farquar: It’s not nice to call liberals un-american. Not to their face at least. My swing state allows fireworks. My liberal city does not.

  29. LiC says:

    If anyone’s shooting stuff off at home, they might also want to be aware of their neighbors. Not the unpatriotic bastards, but soldiers who’ve just come back from Iraq or Afghanistan. I grew up/lived in an area populated with a few soldiers, and we were asked to keep it down because they were extremely uncomfortable with the noise – flashbacks, etc.

  30. Wormfather is Wormfather says:

    Dont be fooled in CT the only things allowed are sparklers and fountains that go no higher than 5′ in the air.

    The Roman candels, bottle rockets, mortars and all that stuff that goes 50′ in the air that I have in my guest bedroom is TOTALLY illigal.

    When I was little, my friends and I would shoot roman candels at eachother, such stupidity, ahhh youth.

  31. failurate says:

    I went to buy beer at a liquor store in PA once… ha ha.

  32. bertram says:

    @crabbyman6: They’re lighting them off already out here in the boonies of PA.

  33. pegr says:

    Why bother when you can make them yourself! Better bang for the buck!

  34. moore850 says:

    One of the nation’s largest fireworks retailers has the vast majority of their stores in Ohio, so you tell me where they’re illegal and where they’re not/condoned.

  35. anibundel says:

    @fall_farewell: It completely depends on what county you’re in when it comes to VA. A good rule of thumb is: the more south you are, the laxer the laws.

  36. mdoublej says:

    Backing up the Pennsylvania commenters, I live about 10 minutes from PA, in NY. I can drive to PA, and buy great fireworks with my NY license, but Pennsylvanians can’t without special permits. Even funnier is though fireworks are illegal in NY, the PA shops advertise heavily in NY.

  37. Turcicus says:

    @fall_farewell: Virginia legislation may say they’re legal, but then you also have county ordinances to worry about. I live in a county where all fireworks are illegal.

  38. MakGeek says:

    @Wormfather is Wormfather: Still better than our New England neighbors who cant even buy sparklers.

  39. crabbyman6 says:

    @mdoublej: Yeah, you see ads around all the borders for PA stores selling fireworks. My brother in-law used to drive in from NJ to buy us fireworks every 4th. We asked the clerk why he could buy them and we couldn’t, they told us that “we know the law in this state, its not up to us to enforce the law in your state” as we hand them the money from our PA license containing wallets.

  40. Turcicus says:

    @anibundel: Hmmm, I guess it would have helped if I had read all the way down the page before I responded to fall_farewell too…

  41. 3ZKL says:

    THIS IS VERY MISLEADING! just because your state is on the ‘allowed’ list does not mean that ALL fireworks are legal.

    others have given examples, and i will include NC to this —

    Specifically Permitted Sparklers, fountains, smoke devices, snake and glow worms, trick noisemakers, and toy pistol caps.
    Specifically Prohibited Explosive or aerial fireworks, roman candles, and rockets or similar devices.

    google found me a much better resource here — []

  42. bohemian says:

    The only place I have seen with more lax fireworks laws than South Dakota is Missouri. Stuff will be going boom around town for the rest of the week.

  43. MissPeacock says:

    @Applekid: No. It was a parody of Apu (who is himself a parody. How meta!). The Simpsons were off at the Flanders’ beach house, and Homer went to the local Kwik-E-Mart knockoff to buy the fireworks (and other unmentionables). It was, of course, staffed with a gentleman very similar to Apu. :)

  44. varro says:

    @crabbyman6: However, since we lived less than an hour away from the Ohio border, there was no shortage of good fireworks every Fourth. My friend’s dad would load the trunk full of fireworks at an Ohio store and we’d re-enact D-Day in his backyard…

  45. Wormfather is Wormfather says:

    @Bladefist: I dont know what to call a liberal, they typically call themselves moderates. Liberals who call themselves liberals are usually communists.

  46. Black Bellamy says:

    I can’t buy fireworks in New York State but I can have unlimited quantities of black powder shipped to my doorstep with no problems.

  47. technotica says:

    Iowa – Supporting > 50% of Missouri’s income by the sale of fireworks to your northern neighbor.

    You’re welcome by the way, enjoy that double-wide.

  48. mdoublej says:

    @Black Bellamy:

    And model rockets are OK too, which as my neighbors found out when I was a teenager, can be just as dangerous as fireworks.

  49. @Farquar: If only the United States Constitution had explicitly guaranteed the right to keep and bear novelty explosives in addition to small arms…

  50. TheBusDriver says:

    Minnesota is much more restrictive:
    We are not allowed anything except:

    Wire or wood sparklers of not more than 100 grams of pyrotechnic composition per item. Ground-based sparkling devices which are non-explosive and non aerial, and contain 75 grams or less of chemical mixture per tube or a total of 200 grams or less for multiple tube items

  51. Turcicus says:

    @Black Bellamy: I don’t think so – black powder is federally regulated.

  52. @Wormfather is Wormfather: They like to be called “Progressives” these days. Evidently they gave “liberal” a bad connotation, so they’ve switched titles instead of policies. I actually like this development, as it will eventually return the proper, classical meaning to the term “liberal”.

  53. theblackdog says:

    *sigh* I haven’t been able to light up fireworks for years due to living around US Forests and there would be red flag warnings for fire danger.

    Now I could potentially light them up, but my proximity to DC even makes that a bit questionable.

  54. Bladefist says:

    @Wormfather is Wormfather: I just don’t get why they would want to prohibit Americans from shooting fireworks on the 4th of July. Are we not capable of doing it? Do they need to regulate us more? Just because they hate the country doesn’t mean we all do. Some of us are proud of America today, and proud of our history, and want to shoot fireworks to celebrate.

    Kansas City has a complete ban on fireworks. Drives me crazy. We’re turning into a cess pool like NY, NJ, and Boston. Afraid to take a shit w/o filling out the B45-C form.

  55. Bladefist says:

    @AtomicPlayboy: Ya, and we’re status quo. Status quo = #1 richest per capita.


  56. ElizabethD says:

    I laughed at little Rhode Island there in the last category “No fireworks of any kind.” You’d never know it by our neighborhood, where people start setting the damn things off around Memorial Day and continue all summer. (Not just firecrackers, but actual fireworks — rockets etc.) The police couldn’t be bothered to interfere, and I honestly don’t blame them — it would be like playing whack-a-mole.

  57. gliscameria says:

    What about indian reservations?

    The irony of having to go to an indian reservation to set off fireworks on the fourth of july is just too good.

  58. ElizabethD says:

    Oh, and PS: I grew up with sparklers, also those black-soot “worm” things, and other small novelties. I particularly miss the sparklers. I don’t remember a single kid being hurt by one. They were beautiful on a summer night as we ran through the yards, sparklers in hand, trailing bits of light.

  59. Bladefist says:

    @ElizabethD: Ya but thats old school.

    Maybe they will come out with a fireworks video game.

  60. dry-roasted-peanuts says:

    One reason why I miss living in Wyoming: fireworks are legal all year. Nothing was better than the occasional snowball with a black cat in it.

  61. I know that in Alabama it varies from county to county. I know that you can’t fire off fireworks inside of Mobile County city limits but if you drive somewhere outside of the city limits they aren’t gonna get you for that. Cops are notorious here for that.

  62. B says:

    “Let me have one of those porno magazines, large box of condoms, a bottle of Old Harper, a couple of those panty shields, and some illegal fireworks, and one of those disposable enemas … eh, make it two.”

  63. BlondeGrlz says:

    @Wormfather is Wormfather: I am literally right now watching a clip of Blumenthal on the news talking about “excesive amounts of pyrotechnics” in fireworks being illegal anywhere in the state. So I’m guessing pretty much all we get is the novelty stuff.

  64. lilkeith7 says:

    Ah yes illegal in MA. Yet at least twice a week I see fireworks go off out of my bedroom window. Now im not in the boonies of central and western MA but right in the heart of Boston and get to see them pretty much ever weekend.

  65. DrJimmy says:

    Interesting that the five states with total bans are all among the original 13 states.

    Texas has two 2-week sales seasons that end at midnight 7/4 and 12/31.

    Meg is not kidding about Houston/Harris County law enforcment’s enthusiastic and aggressive anti-fireworks enforcement. Beware.

  66. mac-phisto says:

    i always thought it was bullshit that a town can hire “professional pyrotechnic displays” that bend the law in half & violate the hell out of it, but i can’t even light off a few bottle rockets in my backyard.

    & so i just don’t care. i’ll light off whatever the hell i want. that’s what independence is all about.

  67. luz says:

    Fricking Illinois! It’s not like there’s anything else to do in 99% of this godforsaken place (Farm and Prison Land).

  68. Maurs says:

    This list seems to be a little misleading. I know as a Kentucky resident that fireworks, insofar as ones that launch up into the air and explode, are illegal for personal use. That means we all just cross the I65 bridge over the Ohio River into Indiana to buy from the fireworks depots cleverly operating right across the bridge. Just gotta watch out for highway patrol units who watch the bridge for people going in and coming out in the week before July 4!

  69. illtron says:

    The only thing more effed up than Pennsylvania’s liquor laws are its fireworks laws. The border areas have tons of fireworks stores that don’t allow people with a Pa. license to buy fireworks. Live in New York or New Jersey where they’re totally illegal? Sweet! Come buy ’em in Pa. But you can’t use them here. You can’t take them home either. Best go out to international waters and set them off there.

    It’s actually not unusual for New Jersey and even New York City cops to stake out these fireworks places and follow people back home to nab them. Just a warning in case you’re planning to load up a U-Haul with M-80s and take it back to Staten Island.

  70. Landru says:

    Half of California is burning from wildfires and they refuse to outlaw fireworks this year. The whole place is a tinderbox. WTF?

  71. Atsumi says:

    Missouri is great in not limiting us on the type of explosive we wish to dangerously blow up like children.

    Thanks, Missouri!

  72. brettbee says:

    NJ’s ban on fireworks isn’t unpatriotic – it’s the complete opposite. It provides us with oppression that we can revolt against!

    Seriously, though, I don’t like the ban, mostly because my wife likes obeying laws and setting an example for our daughter. “Do you want to explain to her why it’s OK for you to break the law?” Meh.

    Of course if you spend just 15 minutes reading the genius comments on you-tube videos, banning silverware sharper than a spoon seems like it might be a good idea…

  73. cool article… i am from NJ, but was vacationing in VT. We drove half hour away into New Hampshire, bought a crapload of fireworks for $130 dollars, no ID no questions, and left.. later that evening we put on a show on the property in VT.. AWESOME!

  74. trixrabbit says:


  75. BytheSea says:

    @crabbyman6: The PA law is a bit more restrictive than they make it sound. Sparklers and those little pop guns are allowed, but that’s about it.

    That’s what I thought, but then you see road stands selling all manner of blowupables. And they’ve been selling fun little sampler kits of explosives in grocery stores since the beginning of the summer. No one ever knows if this is legal or not.

  76. celestebai says:

    @Kishi: Wyoming, baby. Year-round fireworks that are illegal in Utah. Just don’t buy them during those three days around the holidays when you can buy them in Utah. Cars from Wyoming are searched during those times.

  77. Kirk Douglas says:

    Celebrate the birth of your nation by blowing up a small part of it!

  78. michaelrjohnson says:

    It’s worth noting that in the State of Wisconsin, you are legally allowed to purchase and possess fireworks, but you are *not* legally allowed to use them.

    (This applies to at least Racine County)

  79. 12-Inch Idongivafuck Sandwich says:

    Coming from the South, its definitely South Carolina FTW!!!

    Only thing prohibited there: Small rockets less than ½” in diameter and 3″ long.

    /growing up, would stop at SC border every summer to load up on “good” fireworks

  80. 6a says:

    @moore850: In Ohio, you have to sign a form promising to take them out of state within 48 hours (wink-wink-nudge).

  81. humphrmi says:

    @EE: Really? Where in Illinois can you buy fireworks? Because we (people in Illinois) always make a run to Wisconsin for our fireworks.

    And even better, Wisconsin dealers are allowed to sell higher class fireworks than are legal, as long as you sign a release. So we buy sky show mortars in Wisconsin and bring them back to Illinois.

  82. geoffhazel says:

    growin’ up in NJ, we had free access to sparklers back in the 60’s.

    Occasionally someone would go to North Carolina and stock up on 1 1/2″ crackers, they were quite popular on the 4th!

    Now even sparklers are banned. Oh well.

    Now that I’m in Seattle, people can get anything on nearby Indian Reservations. A few years ago someone set fire to the hillside beside our house and it came within 50 feet of the home.

    – excuse me, it’s my turn to fire off the cannon!

  83. Delaware
    New Jersey
    New York
    Rhode Island

    My dog thanks you.

    The local children trauma unit thanks you.

  84. TechnoDestructo says:

    Isn’t Houston one of the cities that put in red light cameras, then shortened the yellows so as to ensure that not everyone could make it through or stop?

  85. sean77 says:

    I had a firecracker go off in my hand once. As long as you don’t have a deathgrip on the thing (just holding it in your fingers) you’ll be fine.

  86. TechnoDestructo says:

    @Jabberkaty: If you aren’t an idiot about it, you aren’t going to blow off anything.


    Uncle Chuck curses you.

  87. yungjerry703 says:

    illegal fireworks wouldn’t be fun if they where legal. nothing is more American than breaking it’s laws on its birthday and blowing up a little piece of it at the same time.

  88. bks33691 says:

    I’d say Michigan should be in category II, not I:

    Specifically Permitted Sparklers containing not more than .0125 lbs (0-2 oz) of pyrotechnic composition, flitter sparklers, cone and cylinder fountains, snakes, and smoke devices.
    Specifically Prohibited All other consumer fireworks, or fireworks of like construction.

  89. mbz32190 says:

    Nothing like celebrating the fourth like buying some high quality Chinese fireworks!

  90. Osi says:

    Alaska should be under the following:


  91. bullwhip6 says:

    IL is no surprise. However, that doesn’t stop me from launching a bottle rocket outta my a$$cheeks, thanks to Indiana. Only problem is that IL state troopers park near the border and wait out IL residents who patronize the fireworks stands near the border. Once you cross the state line, they pull you over and confiscate your goodies. I’m sure the troopers have wonderful fireworks parties once they get home.

  92. TechnoDestructo says:


    When did that change? Because last time I lived there, you could buy just about anything in unincorporated areas. There were times when rockets and such were banned due to fire hazard, though, but I don’t know if that was a permanent thing.

    Either this is new, or it’s a local law.

  93. Greasy Thumb Guzik says:

    Just have 2 cars.
    One car buys the fireworks, the other doesn’t go to the store but waits it out at a mall.
    Switch the fireworks & the car that was at the store will get searched when it crosses the state line & nothing will get found.
    Also drive back to Chicago on the Skyway or 94 in the morning rush.
    I live a block from a Chicago police station & at least 5 houses down the alley from the cop house will shoot off fireworks.
    Nobody ever gets arrested.
    If you listen to the cops on a scanner, the dispatcher just gives out address after address of reported fireworks, nothing happens.
    Of course, the weaselly Cook County Sheriff will have a press conference tomorrow to show seized fireworks & will blow up a mannequin with it.
    Always a lot of fun, only encourages the idiots!

  94. crabbyman6 says:

    @BytheSea: Most of the stuff in the grocery stores are just variations of sparklers. The roadside stands are a different story, they usually all have something under the counter that is definitely illegal. You just have to know how to ask about it. Or, if you know someone out of state just go to a regular store and buy them there.

  95. varro says:

    @bullwhip6: Indiana should do what New Jersey police have done to PA LCB agents snooping – arrest the IL troopers for loitering/prowling.

    Don’t go directly back over the border – cruise around and have some coffee at Starbucks…get something at Walmart*…shop for electronics at Circuit City…anything to throw the cops off your trail.

  96. t325 says:

    They’re illegal in St. Louis County. So, everyone here goes over to St. Charles County or Jefferson County (either one no more than 30 minutes from pretty much anywhere within STL, so not a terrible drive) where the second you cross the county line, there are a million fireworks stands. It’s a mecca of fireworks. And no cops sit at the county line to pull anyone over….nor do they actually enforce the law in St. Louis.

    4th of July got rained out for me last year, so I think I have some left, but if my stash is running low, I’ll be making the pilgrimage to St. Charles County sometime Friday morning :D

  97. Youthier says:

    @bks33691: They’ve been talking about changing the MI laws for a few years though because… everyone just goes to Indiana to buy the cool stuff and then they burn shit down or blow something up. Then our fire departments have to deal with it. So really, MI should just sell the fireworks themselves and make money off the taxes.

  98. lockdog says:

    @moore850: Every time we bought our fireworks at American Fireworks in Hudson OH they gave you the “read it and lie” form, which you signed stating that you would be transporting the fireworks out of state w/in 48 hours. So yes, in Ohio the fireworks are legal to sell but illegal to posses!
    BTW, many years later American provided all of the fireworks shows at SeaWorld. One of the better parts of my job there was helping to blow up 8 grand a night in fireworks and 30 grand on the Fourth. Mere hours to get everything set, whereas they’re already setting up the show in our downtown parking lot and I can assure you it won’t be as big as what the deep pockets at Anheuser-Busch were willing to pay for!

  99. humphrmi says:

    @Greasy Thumb Guzik:

    the cop house will shoot off fireworks.
    Nobody ever gets arrested.

    Chicago! Cops caring about fireworks! You gotta be kidding me! My brother used to work for a grocery chain in Melrose Park (that shall, for the moment, remain un-named, and no not Dominick’s) and the cops who worked part time there used to:

    1. Sell him the fireworks
    2. Own the property that they told him to come & shoot them off at
    3. Get a kick out of watching us set them off

    Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!

  100. nequam says:

    @Bladefist:”Kansas City has a complete ban on fireworks. Drives me crazy. We’re turning into a cess pool like NY, NJ, and Boston.”

    Well on the bright side, in Kansas City you can be completely irrelevant.

  101. mferrari says:

    No one gives a shit if you use fireworks here in Illinois.
    Half an hour from the WI border, it’s expected. People launch them in parks, driveways, and their yards. You only get warnings, and nothing at all on the 4th. I stick to bottle rockets, but mortars and bigger stuff is everywhere.

  102. @nequam:

    Well on the bright side, in Kansas City you can be completely irrelevant.

    I don’t understand this statement. Is it humor? Are you saying that in other cities you can’t be irrelevant? Or that living in NY, NY, or Boston makes one relevant? This doesn’t make any sense.

  103. Michigan doesn’t allow you to buy shit. That’s why everyone comes from Michigan to Indiana to buy roman candles and have a happy 4th.
    Look at the border crossing’s for Michigan and Indiana; cigarette’s and fireworks; that’s what we’ve got.
    Oh, and a moderately better economy at this point.

  104. the_wiggle says:

    @B: yep. fond memories of fireworks at home, at the park, at the lake etc. all in the wet states of MI of course.

    no way in hell would i have’m at non-professional gigs out here in dry-as-hell-ready-to-burn-at-a-harsh-look desert (aka: AZ).

  105. proficiovera says:

    Ohio novelties and sparklers?
    Ohio is were people from Michigan go to get real fireworks. Though I’ve noticed a sharp decrease in the amount of fireworks in my neighborhood this year. I guess with gas being over $4 a gallon people aren’t making the trip. Usually people start shooting them off in June and stop around late August around here.

  106. RedSonSuperDave says:

    As a patriotic American and proud idiot, I fully intend to celebrate the birth of my nation in the most foolish, dangerous, and illegal way possible. Sometimes it sucks living 20 miles south of the Alabama border, but not on the Fourth!

    I’m sure that crap about “do not hold this in your hand or point at another person” on the side of this Roman candle is more of a suggestion than an actual warning. What’s the worst that could happen, right?

  107. luz says:

    Chicago cops might give a shit about fireworks because they have specific quotas to fill on certain holidays (like cops everywhere). They don’t care about…well, possession of certain other items.

  108. Angryrider says:

    MFing. I missed fireworks on the New Year!

  109. bonzombiekitty says:

    It’s my understanding that in PA, you may use stationary fireworks that shoot sparks up to, IIRC, 6 feet high. You’re not allowed to use stuff that launches and/or explodes – i.e. bottle rockets.

    You can buy the fancier fireworks (the ones that launch in the air and look pretty), but only if you are not a resident of PA.

  110. milk says:

    Growing up in Shreveport, LA (~200k people), we went out in the street and exploded anything we could find. If cars wanted to get through, they just had to wait until everything was finished, which was especially annoying for them if we just started one of those ridiculously huge Black Cat bundles. At least half a dozen families on our street did it, and the otherwise grey street was blackened for a few days afterward. ^_^

    On a sparkler note, the only time I ever injured myself with fireworks was with sparklers. I lit about 10 to 12 at once, and one of my fingers got engulfed in the flames. Oops.

  111. pengie says:

    Not sure if anyone has said this yet, but Oklahoma only allows the buying and selling of fireworks in SOME cities, not all. Specifically, consumer fireworks are banned in Oklahoma City and Norman, and most other metro cities. OKC recently put up a page on this: []

    The only reason I know this is because my boyfriend was caught with a firecracker within Norman city limits and had to pay a ~$200 fine. It’s pretty silly, especially considering you can drive a couple miles south and hit a county where fireworks are just fine. Oh, Oklahoma.

  112. Doug81 says:

    @Bladefist: But that will give kids ideas to carry out with REAL fireworks. Then we’ll have a mess.

  113. Khaotix says:

    eh, I live in Boston and people are always shooting off fireworks (hey, when your sports teams keeping winning championships …)

    Nobody cares, just cant be stupid when you go buy them.

  114. jwissick says:

    Even though fireworks are legal in MOST areas of California, please do not use them this year. WE do not need any more fires in this state than the 1400 we already have. There are no more fire fighters to fight new fires. In fact more than 300 of the fires burning right now have no firefighters on scene.

  115. harvey_birdman_attorney_at_law says:


    Irony or poetic justice?

  116. AustinTXProgrammer says:

    I grew up in Houston and lived in a neighborhood with its entrance about 500 feet from the city limit. We had to go about a mile further out of town to the nearest stand.

    One time when we were leaving a fire marshal came up to our car (right turn signal) and told us we couldn’t go that way. We told him our destination and he said that’s the one exception, have a nice day.

    That is enforcing the laws. What they did to the kid in Katy was a money grab.

    He should fight it with a jury and provide accurate honest testimony. I wouldn’t render a guilty verdict.

  117. nikki0081 says:

    I live VA in a somewhat small city and they are more worried about the drunk drivers than fireworks near the holiday.

  118. brother9 says:

    @ConsequencesIX: Because the people who live in those areas are free to regulate themselves via democratic government in any way they see fit.

    If I, as a property owner, am free to erect a fence around my land, then equally, I and my neighbors agree to erect a fence around our combined property.

  119. brother9 says:

    @brother9: gah. tweaked entry. Apologies.

    If I, as a property owner, am free to erect a fence around my land, then equally, if I and my neighbors agree to erect a fence around our combined property we are free to do so.

  120. ShadowFalls says:


    Please note these are consumer fireworks, they still hold events where they are set off, this way someone who knows what they are doing handles it. Many accidents occur with fireworks, not to mention the fires started as well.

  121. RayDelMundo says:

    Here in the Glorious People’s Republic Of West Virginia, the fireworks that are allowed to be sold are sparklers, and those crappy fountains. Nothing that explodes or flies is allowed.

    People here just buy them on their annual pilgrimage to the Hillbilly Riviera, Myrtle Beach SC.

  122. RayDelMundo says:

    We used to be able to cross the river into Ohio and buy them until some retard threw a match into the store and killed everyone in the place.

  123. NeedaUsername says:

    @bks33691: Agreed. I seem to remember the law here being that you can only have fireworks that don’t launch into the air. It doesn’t stop people at all. I remember last, my family and I went to a local park to view some fireworks from across the river. Just before the real show started, a bunch of people started launching bottle rockets and roman candles in the baseball fields behind us. Go America!

    @Ash78: Funny you say that. Near the Fourth, this trailer always sets up right near where I live. The kicker, it gets put right next to a Gas Station! Talk about safety.

  124. RChris173 says:

    Actually, Florida is very restrictive on the use of fireworks. Check out Chapter 791 in the Florida Statutes. It appears the official web site is offline at the time of this post, but I do remember it basically only making sparklers legal, and the rest could only be used if you were trying to scare birds away, or for mining purposes… Sorry for not being any more clear about it, but the site is offline :(