Don't Get Locked Up this 4th Of July - 4 Fireworks Laws

By: Spencer Collins


'Cause Baby You’re a Firework

“You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine. Just own the night like the 4th of July”

The 4th of July is around the corner, which means time for all things American. That includes shooting off fireworks, but you’ll need to do so safely and legally. (Flashback to shooting your brother with a roman candle as a kid).

Here’s what you need to know about firework usage here in North Carolina. 

#1 You can’t just shoot off anything.

 Legal Fireworks Include

  • Snake and glow worms 
  • Smoke devices consisting of a tube or sphere that produce white or colored smoke 
  • Noisemakers, including party poppers, string poppers and snappers 
  • Wire sparklers

As a rule of thumb, anything that explodes, spins, or leaves the ground is ILLEGAL.

#2 Get a permit

If you want to shoot off things like roman candles, bottle rockets, and any aerial fireworks, you have to get a permit. To do so, you have to submit an application to the State Fire Marshal, attend a safety class, and pass an exam. Contact the NCDOI for more details.

#3 You can face time!

You face a $500 fine and/or a six month prison sentence if you violate these laws.

#4 Age restrictions

You must be 18 years old to buy fireworks. Sorry guys, you can’t send your younger cousin to pick them up for you while you binge watch TV on the couch.

Don't Explode Yourself

Always remember to buy from a reliable fireworks vendor and never alter fireworks or try to make your own. You'll hurt yourself!

Have fun and be safe! 

P.S. – We're flattered you may think so, but we are not legal professionals…and this does not serve as legal advice.