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Fireworks: What’s Legal In North Carolina

The fourth of July: cookouts, swimming, and fireworks. Watching the bursts of colors and designs in the night sky is a family favorite, but not everyone is clear on what is and isn’t legal. People travel to visit loved ones from near and far, sometimes crossing state borders. With so many fireworks on sale near those borders, people might wonder about what’s legal in North Carolina.

Here is the rundown of North Carolina’s fireworks rules:

  • Illegal: Firecrackers, ground spinners, bottle rockets, Roman candles, and aerial fireworks. As a rule of thumb, any firework that explodes or physically leaves the ground.
  • Legal: Wire sparklers, snake and glow worms, smoke devices consisting of a tube or sphere that produce white or colored smoke, trick noisemakers — including party poppers, string poppers, and snappers.
  • You must be 16 years of age or older to buy or use fireworks in North Carolina.
  • Illegally using fireworks can be punishable by up to a $500 fine and up to six months of imprisonment.

Border States

The fireworks that are illegal in North Carolina are legal to use in both Georgia and South Carolina. However, if you buy the fireworks in another state where they are legal, but bring them into North Carolina, the fireworks are still illegal and you can face punishment.

 Legal Action
Many fireworks injuries are caused by negligence. If you are injured by fireworks while watching a display put on by an organization, get medical attention first, then contact a personal injury lawyer.

Contact a lawyer if you are injured with fireworks you are using at home or while working. If the fireworks are illegal and you are hurt, you might still be entitled to help.

Safety First
Even fireworks deemed legal in North Carolina can cause injuries, so take care. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an average 230 firework-related injuries near and on the 4th of July.

Twenty percent of those were from firecrackers. In 2014, nine people died from eight different fireworks-related accidents, including two who were not the lighters. Check out this list of useful firework safety tips, including, “Never relight a ‘dud’ firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.”

Don’t forget about your pets. Pets aren’t as excited about fireworks as we humans. Learn more about keeping your furry friends safe and happy.

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