Fireworks Safety

Over the last several years, Jacksonville Beach has had 11 fires started by fireworks resulting in thousands of dollars in fire loss. Nationally, over 11,000 individuals were treated at emergency rooms for fireworks injuries. Fireworks should be used by adults in open areas that are clear of vegetation and other combustible items.

There are 2 types of fireworks, the legal consumer fireworks and the agricultural use fireworks which used for any other reason makes them illegal. Individuals using illegal fireworks may have them confiscated and receive a fine up to $500.00. Legal consumer fireworks are sparklers, smoke devices, party poppers, snappers, and snakes. The illegal agricultural fireworks are anything that leaves the ground and/or explodes. Only legal fireworks are sold by businesses in Duval County. You can tell if you are purchasing legal fireworks because you will not have to sign a document upon purchase.

Legal Fireworks (Sparklers, novelties, and noisemakers): Known as sparklers, smoke devices, party poppers, snappers and snakes.

Non-permitted Illegal Fireworks (anything that leaves the ground and/or explodes)

  • Governed by Fla Statute Chapter 791
  • This type of firework is approved for agricultural purposes to frighten birds away from crops or fish hatcheries
  • Individuals purchasing these must sign a form advising that they are going to use these devices for that purpose
  • Misuse may result in liability for any accident that may occur
  • Fines and confiscation of non-approved fireworks may be suffered by individuals

Definition: Illegal Fireworks includes any combustible or explosive composition or substance or combination of substances or, except as hereinafter provided, any article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combination, explosion, deflagration, or detonation. Includes blank cartridges and toy cannons in which explosives are used, the type of balloons which require fire underneath to propel them, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, roman candles, dago bombs, and any fireworks containing any explosives or flammable compound or any tablets or other device containing any explosive substance.

Steve Sciotto
Fire Marshal



Five Basic Safety Tips for Legal Fireworks

  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't always realize that young children can be injured by sparklers, which burn at extremely high temperatures.
  • Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • After fireworks have burned, douse them with water before discarding them.


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