Fireworks Law & Safety

When making a purchase from Pyro Dudes Fireworks, L.L.C., it is assumed the purchaser is aware of and abiding by all local fireworks laws where you will be in possession and shooting the fireworks.

Fireworks laws vary greatly from state to state, even county by county within those states so be sure to check with your State Fire Marshal Office if you are unsure or uncertain about the laws in your local area.

Pyro Dudes Fireworks sells only consumer fireworks which have been approved by the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) for consumer use.  Fireworks which do not meet this criteria are considered “display fireworks” or “articles of pyrotechnics” and require certain certifications or licensing in order to purchase.  Consumer fireworks are classified as “Fireworks 1.4G UN0336” by the U.S. Department of Transportation according to Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 173.56 (j).  State laws may differ from this code and what types of devices are considered “consumer fireworks” could be defined in another manner.  As a result of this, the responsibility for complying with State and Local laws falls upon the purchaser.

The American Pyrotechnics Association keeps a list of State Laws which may prove helpful although state laws change all the time so periodically the list could be inaccurate during a time of change.

Fireworks Safety Tips:

Prior to using your recently purchased fireworks, we recommend the following safety tips which have been suggested by the National Council on Fireworks Safety (NCFS):

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

And let’s not forget the safety of our pets!

  • Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
  • If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
  • Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.
  • Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.

For more information on fireworks safety, please see these additional links:

American Pyrotechnics Association Backyard Safety Tips

National Council on Fireworks Safety

Pyrotechnic Guild International