IDNR reminds Ill. residents to let professionals handle fireworks

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) reminds organizations and individuals sponsoring fireworks displays in Illinois to be sure their fireworks vendor has the required state licenses and certificates that are issued by the IDNR, prior to their fireworks show.

According to IDNR, the Illinois Explosives Act requires that anyone who purchases, possesses, uses, transfers, stores or disposes of explosives, including display fireworks, must have an explosives license and explosives storage certificate issued by the IDNR.

IDNR officials say licensing and storage requirements administered by the IDNR do not apply to consumer or personal fireworks, which are classified as 1.4 explosives, such as: roman candles, bottle rockets or firecrackers.

"The Independence Day holiday allows us to celebrate our freedoms and our great nation – and it is also a time many of us enjoy spectacular fireworks shows. To have a safe and memorable holiday celebration, we encourage those sponsoring fireworks shows to put safety first," said IDNR Director Marc Miller. "Display fireworks can be dangerous if not stored and handled properly. Only certified and licensed vendors have the authority from the state to handle these types of explosives."

Click here for more information on the IDNR explosives regulatory program . To report an explosives incident or accident, contact the IDNR Office of Mines and Minerals Mine Safety and Training Explosives Unit at 217-782-9976.

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