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Everything you need to know about setting off fireworks legally this weekend

Posted at 6:23 AM, Jun 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-30 09:39:12-04
Before you set off fireworks this Fourth of July weekend, here's everything you need to know so you don't get fined.
 
What's legal & what's not?
 
Legal fireworks will have the words "Use with Caution" on the label and include sparklers, spinners, spark fountains, and anything that emits sparks while on the ground.
 
Illegal fireworks will have the word "Warning!" on the label and explode in the air. Common examples are: bottle rockets, firecrackers and Roman candles.
 
Celebratory gunfire is also illegal and is a felony within city limits. Please report any gunshots by calling 911.
 
Where can you use fireworks?
 
You can use legal fireworks within city limits as long as you choose a space that won't start a fire. Ideal spaces include concrete or asphalt or a dirt area with no brush.
 
What are the fines?
 
You can face a $1,000 civil fine for setting off illegal fireworks.
 
You can also be charged with Disturbing the Peace for setting off any fireworks after 10 p.m.
 
If you set off fireworks and start a fire that causes damages, you can also be held criminally liable for those damages.
 
Checklist before you set off fireworks:
  • Have a bucket of water nearby to dispose of fireworks in.
  • Have a long stemmed lighter so you can distance your hand from the sparks.
  • Wear safety glasses if you're setting off anything more than sparklers.
  • Find a concrete, asphalt, or dirt area with no brush.
  • Discuss firework safety with your children.