Firework Laws

As an online seller of wholesale fireworks, we serve customers throughout the United States. There are few industries with laws as complex as those governing fireworks sales and use, with regulations varying widely across states, counties, and cities. Each of our customers has the responsibility of informing themselves about how they can legally use fireworks in their area and what towns and counties they can display in.

Laws About Fireworks Sales

Is it legal to sell fireworks in the United States? The answer is yes 49 times out of 50! At the moment, Massachusetts is the only state in which it is illegal to buy or sell fireworks. Under that broad provision, however, there are a myriad of different stipulations that retailers and professional pyrotechnicians in every state must research and comply with.

For instance, while some fireworks may be completely legal and relatively unregulated in one state, they may be outlawed in a neighboring state. Thus purchasing a box of fireworks and then transporting it just a few miles across state lines could put the customer in a legally questionable position.

Fireworks Stands

Those who are interested in managing temporary fireworks sales locations during the busy seasons have a whole other category of regulations to familiarize themselves with. In most cases, rules for temporary stands are different than those for permanent locations. There are also specific regulations concerning the proximity of fireworks stands to other businesses.

Of course, there are also permits! Attempting to operate a fireworks retail business of any kind without a duly purchased permit clearly displayed is a sure way to get your entire operation shut down and incur heavy fines.

Professional Pyrotechnics

If you hope to make a career (or even a fun side gig) out of putting on professional pyrotechnic displays, the number one priority is to obtain the proper licensing for the type of shows you plan to offer. The number two priority is to then remain within the boundaries of your license!

Each state is authorized to set the stipulations related to a professional pyrotechnics license, including the cost of the license, the procedure by which to apply for it, how long the license lasts, and what activities it covers. Be sure to carefully investigate the rules in whatever state or states you plan to operate as a pyrotechnics professional!

Fireworks Ratings

People are often confused at first by the ratings attached to different types of fireworks. Put simply, these ratings indicate who may legally buy and store certain fireworks, taking into account whatever other state and local laws apply. The two most common ratings are 1.4G and 1.3G.

  • 1.4G indicates that the fireworks are legal for distribution to the general public, regardless of the buyer’s license. This rating covers the bulk of the products that appear at family gatherings and other casual uses of fireworks.
  • 1.3G indicates that the fireworks may only be legally purchased by a license pyrotechnics professional. They are more hazardous than 1.4G rated fireworks and should only be handled by trained experts.
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