The best way to enjoy Fourth of July fireworks is to watch an organized, community display put on by a licensed professional. Not only does this allow everyone to safely celebrate our nation’s birthday, it also ensures that citizens follow the law.
Most fireworks that explode, spin, fly, jump in the air or leave the ground in anyway are illegal in North Carolina. Illegal explosives include firecrackers, ground spinners, Roman candles, bottle rockets and mortars. Novelty items, such as sparklers, fountains and “glow worms or snap pops” are legal, but still can cause injury if not properly handled. In all cases, keep these items away from young children and pets.
If North Carolinians want to use legal fireworks on their own they should first check local ordinances on use of fireworks. When using legal fireworks, follow these safety tips:
- Fireworks are not toys. Keep them out of the hands of and away from children.
- Always read and follow the label directions.
- Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
- Always have water handy.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never relight a dud firework.
- Do not throw or point fireworks at other people.
- The person lighting the firework should wear safety glasses and should never have any part of their body over the fireworks.