STATE LAWS

FEDERAL & STATE FIREWORKS REGULATIONS

To help prevent injuries from fireworks-related incidents, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) enforces federal laws that prohibit the sale of the most dangerous types of fireworks to consumers.

FIREWORKS BANNED UNDER FEDERAL LAW

  • M-80s

  • Cherry Bombs

  • Any Firecrackers containing more than 50 milligrams (about 1/16th of the weight of a typical aspirin tablet) of powder

  • Large, re-loadable shells

  • Aerial Bombs

  • Mail Order Kits for Building Fireworks

As part of its fireworks enforcement program, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission prevents large numbers of hazardous fireworks from reaching store shelves. Working with the U.S. Customs Service since 1988, CPSC has seized or detained over 400 million hazardous fireworks at docks across the country.

In March of 1997, a new CPSC standard that bans large, unstable, multiple tube fireworks took effect. This standard is designed to eliminate the deadly tip-over hazard that has killed two innocent bystanders, including a 3 year old boy, at family celebrations.

Before using fireworks, make sure they are permitted in your state or local area. Many state and local governments prohibit or limit consumer fireworks such as shells and mortars, multiple tube devices, roman candles, rockets, sparklers, firecrackers, and novelty items like snakes and airplanes.

STATES THAT ALLOW SOME OR ALL TYPES OF CONSUMER FIREWORKS, APPROVED BY ENFORCING AUTHORITY, OR AS SPECIFIED IN LAW

  • Alabama

  • Alaska

  • Arkansas

  • Colorado

  • District of Columbia

  • Florida

  • Hawaii

  • Idaho

  • Indiana

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Maine

  • Michigan

  • Mississippi

  • Missouri

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • New Hampshire

  • New Mexico

  • North Carolina

  • North Dakota

  • Oklahoma

  • Oregon

  • South Carolina

  • South Dakota

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Virginia

  • Washington

  • West Virginia

  • Wisconsin

  • Wyoming

STATE HAVING NO FIREWORKS LAWS EXCEPT AT COUNTY LEVEL

  • Nevada (CPSC regulations still apply)

STATES THAT ALLOW ONLY SPARKLERS AND/OR OTHER NOVELTIES

  • Arizona

  • Connecticut

  • Illinois

  • Iowa

  • Maryland

  • Ohio

  • Pennsylvania

  • Rhode Island

STATES THAT BAN ALL CONSUMER FIREWORKS (INCLUDING THOSE ALLOWED BY CPSC REGULATIONS)

  • California

  • Delaware

  • Massachusetts

  • New Jersey

  • New York

CELEBRATE SAFELY

  • Never let children handle, play with or light any fireworks.

  • Do not use alcohol with fireworks.

  • Follow your local and state laws regarding the possession and use of fireworks. Do not use illegal explosives; do not alter any firework device; do not make your own fireworks.

  • Use fireworks on a hard, flat & level surface.

  • Use in a clear, open area. Keep the audience a safe distance away from the shooting site. Do not light fireworks where there is dry grass or brush that could catch fire or near any flammable nitems. Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

  • Keep clear of fireworks. Never put your head or any part of your body over the top of any fireworks product. Never look into a tube to check on the firework item. Never hold a lighted firework in your hand.

  • Always light fireworks products with a punk, flare or extended butane lightning device. Use a flashlight at night so you can see the fuse. Never use a lantern or other flame-producing device near fireworks for illumination. Light the fireworks product and get away quickly.

  • Light only one firework item at a time.

  • Don’t use malfunctioning items. Never attempt to re-light, alter or fix any “dud” firework item. Please contact your Atlas retailer for a replacement.

  • Use care in handling fireworks. Do not carry fireworks in your pocket. Never smoke when handling fireworks or within 50 feet of handling fireworks.

  • Never use the fireworks as weapons. Never aim, point or throw any fireworks at another person.

  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place and dispose of fireworks properly.

  • Use fireworks outdoors. Never use fireworks indoors.

  • Always purchase fireworks from reliable, licensed fireworks dealers.

  • Safety glasses are recommended for those individuals lighting the fireworks and those individuals in close proximity to the fireworks.

  • Be careful with animals. The noise and lights of the fireworks often frighten animals.

  • Do not transport fireworks on airplanes; it is a violation of federal law.

  • Have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose or bucket of water nearby. Be cautious of lighting any fireworks during strong wind conditions. Light fireworks with prevailing wind blowing away from spectators, buildings or parked cars.

RELOADABLE SAFETY TIPS

reloadable safety instructions

NEVER allow children access to reloadable shells. These devices, as in any consumer fireworks, should be operated by adults only.

ALWAYS ensure that a reloadable shell is seated all the way to the bottom of the accompanying launch tube. Use a wooden dowel to gently press the shell into place. Position the extended fuse with the exposed green tip protruding above the top of the tube to facilitate ignition. DO NOT attempt to ignite a reloadable shell without first placing it in the launch tube.

NEVER position any portion of your body/head over the loaded launch tube. DO NOT attempt to re-light a shell that fails to fire.

ALWAYS secure the launch tube between several sand bags, ensuring no opportunity for the tube to tip while firing.

NEVER use spent pre-loaded single shot tubes to lanch reloadable shells. 

ALWAYS discard the launch tube after firing all of the included reloadable shells. Each launch tube is designed to fire only the shells packaged along with it.

IMPORTANT! You must be 21 years old  or older to purchase fireworks in the state of New Hampshire. Check with your local fire department to see if permissible fireworks are allowed in your community.