Know Illinois state laws on fireworks for Independence Day

Updated: Jun. 29, 2015 at 6:28 PM CDT
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ILLINOIS (KFVS) - This weekend hundreds of millions of Americans will be celebrating America's independence which is Saturday, July 4.

Below are the laws concerning fireworks in Illinois. For fireworks laws in Missouri

. For Kentucky

. For general fireworks safety tips and common practices

The state of Illinois has banned the following types of consumer fireworks unless licensed:

  • Hand held fireworks
  • Bottle rockets
  • Firecrackers of any size or type
  • Sky rockets
  • Roman candles
  • Chasers
  • Buzz bombs
  • Ground items other than those identified as approved consumer fireworks
  • Helicopters
  • Missiles
  • Pin wheels or any other twirling device whether on the ground or mounted above the ground
  • Planes
  • Sky lanterns - the type of balloon which requires fire underneath to propel

Adults living in villages, counties or municipalities that allow consumer fireworks displays can apply for a consumer fireworks license.



To qualify, a person will need to attend a training with the local fire department, have the site inspected by firefighters and apply in writing for the permit within at least 15 days of the fireworks show. Those licenses also allow the purchase of consumer fireworks.

Several types of consumer fireworks are legal in Illinois including cones producing showers of sparks, fountains and repeaters also known as cakes.

Fireworks designed to produce low-level aerial effects known as Mines, Comets, Tubes, Shells, Fancy Florals and Parachutes but are limited to a maximum 40 grams of chemical composition and no more than 20 grains of lift charge.

There are several fireworks that are considered novelty and are not banned in Illinois including snake or glow worm pellets and smoke devices.

Trick noisemakers known as "party poppers," "booby traps," "snappers," "trick matches," "cigarette loads," and "auto burglar alarms" are not also considered novelty and are not banned.

Illinois does not ban sparklers, toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns or other devices in which paper or plastic caps containing twenty five hundredths grains or less of explosive compound are used, provided they are so constructed that the hand cannot come in contact with the cap when in place for the explosion; and toy pistol paper or plastic caps that contain less than twenty hundredths grains of explosive mixture.

For more information from the State Fire Marshall's Officer of Illinois


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