Over the last several years, Jacksonville Beach has had numerous fires started by fireworks resulting in thousands of dollars in fire loss. Nationally, over 11,000 individuals have been 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, legal consumer fireworks and agricultural use fireworks which are used for any other reason makes them illegal. Individuals using illegal fireworks may have them confiscated and receive a fine of up to $500. Legal consumer fireworks are sparklers, smoke devices, party poppers, snappers, and snakes. Illegal agricultural fireworks are anything that leaves the ground and/or explodes. Only legal fireworks are sold by businesses in Jacksonville Beach. You can tell if you are purchasing legal fireworks because you will not have to sign a document upon purchase.
Legal Fireworks include:
- Party Poppers
- Smoke Devices
Non-Permitted Illegal Fireworks
Illegal Fireworks include 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.
- 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
5 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.