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Firework offenses are considered criminal charges and come with the possibility of monetary penalties and time spent in jail.

The most common fireworks offenses are unlawful possession of fireworks and the unlawful discharge or use of fireworks.  

Possession Fireworks

The local fireworks retailers usually carry fireworks that are classified as “Consumer Fireworks”.  This list is published yearly by the State Fire Marshall and is posted at the sales stands. 

The quantity of fireworks in your possession will be the measurement used to evaluate if you have violated the law. 

You may be charged with a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor. 

Illegal Fireworks

Include Firecrackers, rockets, M-80’s, dynamite, and all homemade fireworks and others that do not follow the definition of “Consumer Fireworks”

Unlawful Discharge or Use of Fireworks

It is illegal for anyone to discharge or use fireworks that creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to someone or damage to someone else’s property.  This violation is a gross misdemeanor.

Discharge of fireworks have approved dates, times and locations. Maps and instructions are available on the County Websites.

Misdemeanor vs Gross Misdemeanor

A misdemeanor conviction comes with a 90 days maximum penalty in jail and a $1000.00 fine. 

A gross misdemeanor conviction comes with a 364 days maximum penalty in jail and a $500.00 fine.

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