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Discharging Fireworks in Illinois; the Illinois State Bar Has Some Info

Question: Is it illegal to discharge fireworks in Illinois?Answer: The Illinois Fireworks Use Act states that only licensed pyrotechnic operators who obtain permits can organize public fireworks displays. Private citizens should consult the local ordinance in the village or municipality of their residence before discharging fireworks.  Consumer fireworks, which include such items as fountains, repeaters and parachutes, are only permitted in villages, municipalities and counties which have passed ordinances allowing their use.Many popular forms of fireworks, such as firecrackers, bottle rockets and Roman candles, are not allowed in Illinois. Novelty fireworks, such as snakes, sparklers, and party-poppers, are not regulated by the state, although municipalities have the authority to enact ordinances prohibiting the sale and use of sparklers on public property. Sparklers, which are especially popular with children, present a danger because of the high temperature of the wire during and after their use. Therefore, children playing with sparklers should be closely supervised by adults.For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.comIf you have a legal question, send it to illinoislawcolumn@isba.org.Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit http://www.illinoislawyerfinder.com/legal-faqs

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