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What fireworks are legal, illegal in NC?

Posted July 2, 2020 9:43 a.m. EDT
Updated July 3, 2020 6:38 a.m. EDT

Here's a refresher on everything you need to know about fireworks ahead of the 4th of July weekend. Before you celebrate this weekend, check out our list about what is and isn't allowed in North Carolina.

Save yourself a fine

In North Carolina, fireworks customers must be at least 18.

It's not only illegal to set off some fireworks in the state, it's illegal to possess or transport them as well.

Any violation is a misdemeanor which carries a maximum $500 fine. Prosecutors enhance charges if the fireworks cause any physical damage to people or property. In these instances, there is a maximum six-month jail term.

Fireworks safety tips

  • Buy fireworks only from a reliable vendor
  • Do not make alterations to fireworks or try to make your own
  • Do not use your pockets to store fireworks, even for a few moments
  • Always store fireworks in cool, dry places
  • Do not use fireworks near woods, dry vegetation or any combustible material
  • Do not aim fireworks at trees, bushes or hedges where dry leaves may ignite
  • Only responsible adults should handle fireworks
  • If children are nearby, an adult should closely supervise them at all times
  • Never point or aim fireworks at property or people
  • Do not try to re-ignite any “dud” fireworks
  • Do not use fireworks while under the influence of alcohol
  • Always use in a large, open, preferably paved, area or near a body of water
  • Always keep a running hose or bucket of water close at hand, in case of fire

What are fireworks legal in North Carolina?

  • Fountains
  • Smoke devices
  • Snappers
  • Glowworms
  • Sparklers
  • Poppers
  • Snakes
  • Novelty items which do not explode, fly, spin, or leave the ground

Which ones are not legal in North Carolina?

  • Roman candles
  • Firecrackers
  • Aerial fireworks
  • Bottle rockets
  • Firecrackers
  • All fireworks which explode or are projected into the air

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