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2002 News From Mecklenburg County

June 28, 2002

 

FIREWORKS: WHAT’S LEGAL, WHAT’S NOT LEGAL IN MECKLENBURG COUNTY?

Fire Marshal’s Office Encourages Safe Use of Fireworks on July 4 th

Charlotte, NC – About one-third of all fireworks injuries are caused by illegal fireworks. While many Mecklenburg County citizens will celebrate Independence Day at a permitted, commercial fireworks display, many people prefer to purchase their own for home celebrations. But the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that many consumer fireworks are not legal in North Carolina (N.C. General Statutes 14-410 through 14-415).

About one-third of all fireworks injuries are caused by fireworks.While many Mecklenburg County citizens will celebrate Independence Day at a permitted, commercial fireworks display, many people prefer to purchase their own for home celebrations. But the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that many consumer fireworks are not legal in North Carolina (N.C. General Statutes 14-410 through 14-415).
  • Legal: The types of consumer fireworks permissible for use in North Carolina are generally classified as sparklers, fountains, and novelty fireworks items that do not have a report (explode) or are not intended to spin or to leave the ground and fly through the air.
    • Not Legal: Fireworks items such as firecrackers, ground spinners, roman candles, rockets (including bottle rockets), mortars, etc.
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North Carolina law requires the purchaser of any consumer fireworks to be at least 16 years old. In the instance of a public exhibition of fireworks, such as a festival, carnival, etc, a permit from the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal’s Office is required. The fireworks must be presented by trained, competent operators and a representative from the Fire Marshal’s Office will inspect the pyrotechnics and viewing area to ensure safety.

Violation of fireworks laws is classified a misdemeanor, which may be punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or imprisonment up to six months, depending upon the level of violation. The fireworks laws cover transport, display, storage, sale, possession and use of fireworks.

"We encourage citizens to take the safe route – and take advantage of a permitted public fireworks display. There are plenty to choose from," says Walker Reid, fire and life safety educator with the Fire Marshal’s Office. "The laws are in place to keep people safe. So take personal responsibility for your actions, especially if you have children who can learn from your example."



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