For years, it has been unlawful to purchase or light off fireworks in most Galveston County communities. Unless they are sold and stay in unincorporated regions, they are typically prohibited. The only exception is if they are sparklers.
Sparklers are defined as small tubes filled with an explosive mixture that is lit by a match or lighter. They produce bright flashes when burned and can be used for entertainment or as a signal device. There are three types of sparklers: paper, bamboo, and plastic. Paper sparklers are the most common and usually contain enough black powder and shredded newspaper to burn for about 10 minutes. They are easy to make and do not cost much. Bamboo and plastic versions are also available at drugstores and supermarkets. They are more expensive but last longer and do not leave any trash behind.
Illegal fireworks can be purchased in Galveston County markets and shipped in from other states. This often causes problems for people who live in community homes because they may not know what kind of devices are allowed and which ones aren't. Illegal fireworks also pose a danger to children who find them under beds, in toy chests, and in other places where they can be hurt by them.
Sparklers are classed as firecrackers in Texas and other states that prohibit the sale of fireworks without a license.
According to the city, it is unlawful to use or sell fireworks inside the city borders of Austin. Violators will be subject to a $250 fine.
Fireworks are dangerous and should be used with extreme caution. Never use a firework unless you know how to handle it safely. Keep fireworks away from children and any other person who might be tempted to play with them. Only buy fireworks from a legitimate source such as a sporting goods store or firework shop. Make sure they do not bring their own products into the state because these items are illegal for sale in Texas.
Fireworks can be dangerous if not handled properly. There have been reports of people being injured or killed by fireworks that have gone off without their knowledge. Before lighting any type of fireworks, be sure to check the date it was made available for sale by the manufacturer. Some brands change their design every year so make sure you get one with features similar to what it had when it was new.
The best way to avoid injury from a fireworks show is to stay a few feet away from the action. If you must get closer, do so only after the main display has ended.
In Texas, you are not permitted to discharge fireworks at motor vehicles, boats, public property, public highways, public parks, or lakes. Fireworks are only authorized for consumer usage in Texas under certain conditions. For example, you can own a bottle rocket as long as it is rated no more than 6 volts and uses non-toxic powder or liquid as its propellant. You can also own a firecracker.
Fireworks are illegal to sell to minors. It is an offense to purchase fireworks if you are under 18 years old or cannot provide proof of identification. Selling or giving away fireworks without the required license is also an offense.
People who commit acts of violence during protests involving firearms or other weapons may be charged with aggravated assault. Police officers who use excessive force against protesters should know that their actions may also be deemed criminal.
Those who violate the state's fireworks ban could be fined up to $10,000 or imprisoned for up to a year.
In San Mateo County's unincorporated regions, it is unlawful to possess, sell, or use any fireworks. This includes "safe and sane" pyrotechnics such as sparklers, fountains, snakes, and smoke balls. The only exception is if you are on your own property or property you have permission to be on and are using the fireworks for display purposes.
Fireworks are considered weapons under California law and can result in serious injury or death to yourself and others. Persons found violating this ordinance will be subject to criminal prosecution.
The use of illegal fireworks is a crime regardless of intent. For example, if you intend to set fire to your neighbor's field but instead set off their fireworks, you could be charged with arson. In addition, even if you believe you were setting off someone else's device, you still could be prosecuted for illegal possession of explosives.
Sparklers are legal in San Mateo County as long as they meet certain size requirements. To be considered small, sparklers must be no more than 15 inches long x 1-3/4 inches wide x 3/4 inch thick. Large sparklers are those that are 16 inches long x 1-3/4 inches wide x 3/4 inch thick or greater. Only clear plastic tubes or wire mesh canisters are permitted for sparklers.
Consumer-grade pyrotechnics may only be fired on personal property, according to state law. It is forbidden to let off fireworks on public property (including roadways and sidewalks), school property, church property, or another person's property unless they have given their express consent. Violators can be fined up to $10,000 or imprisoned for up to five years.
Fireworks are classified by the State of Michigan as hazardous materials. They must be disposed of in a safe manner at any location where they are kept or stored.
Disposing of fireworks in an illegal way could result in serious injury or death to you or someone else. For example, if they are not disposed of properly, old, broken, or abandoned fireworks could explode when disturbed, causing damage to nearby buildings or even killing people who are unaware of their presence. People sometimes use home fireplaces as open containers of burning material. If burned items including old fireworks are placed there without being first treated with a fire retardant, the fire may grow out of control quickly causing damage to your house.
Illegal activities related to the use of fireworks include selling, giving away, or offering to sell or give away fireworks except under license from the Department of Natural Resources. Selling or giving away unlicensed fireworks can lead to fines and/or jail time.
Individuals are not permitted to use pyrotechnics or firecrackers in certain situations. People may only set them off at specific locations. If you want to view a firework and pyrotechnics display in a city, you should verify the specified places and time frames ahead of time. Some cities allow you to do this by contacting their information centers or tourism offices.
Fireworks and pyrotechnics are both controlled substances under federal law. It is illegal to manufacture or distribute fireworks without a license from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
The NFPA licenses classes of activity for special types of fireworks. Class C includes items such as cherry bombs, sparklers, and sky rockets. Class B includes items such as bottle rockets, bangers, crackers, and roman candles. Class A includes items such as aerial shells, ground bursts, and signal flares. Classes D and G are prohibited.
Anyone who violates the law regarding pyrotechnics can be arrested or fined. Prosecutors may also seek charges of reckless endangerment or negligence against people who cause damage while setting off fireworks or using them illegally.
Illegal activities involving pyrotechnics include: possessing fireworks except with the intent to display them; setting off fireworks during a state of emergency; selling or giving away fireworks other than at licensed events; and manufacturing fireworks without a license.