As Independence Day weekend kicks off across the country, Chicago officials are reminding the legality of fireworks and sparklers amid planned citywide celebrations.
Fireworks are banned statewide in Illinois, but in Chicago specifically, sparklers and bottle rockets are also banned because they are “dangerous”, according to Chicago Fire Commissioner Annette. Nance-Holt.
“The injuries we see every year range from minor burns to catastrophic and life-changing injuries including loss of fingers, eye damage and even death,” Nance-Holt said. “The Chicago Fire Department will have resources available this weekend. In fact, we’ve added additional resources and are ready to respond to any city emergency.”
Last year, firefighters and paramedics treated 54 people injured by fireworks, she said.
This year, Nance-Holt said the department hopes there will be no calls for injuries or fatalities from the use of fireworks. She encouraged people to take advantage of the professional fireworks shows throughout the city, such as the one at Navy Pier.
So, are sparklers allowed anywhere else in Illinois? And are certain types of fireworks legal?
The answer varies depending on where you live in the state. In the state’s two largest cities, Chicago and Aurora, the sale, possession, and use of fireworks are illegal.
According to the Illinois State Fire Marshal, explosives demonstrations are regulated in two categories:
- Consumer fireworks, which include items such as fountains, repeaters, and parachutes
- Pyrotechnic displays, which use professional-grade fireworks such as mortars, cake packets, and floor displays that represent an image.
“Consumer fireworks are permitted ONLY in villages, counties, and municipalities that have passed ordinances permitting such fires, while adhering to the requirements for use, AND using only the types of fireworks approved,” the fire marshal said.
Additionally, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, “consumer fireworks may only be purchased and displayed by adults who have obtained permits from their local jurisdiction,” according to a statement released Thursday by the Illinois Department. ‘IDNR.
“Handheld fireworks, including firecrackers, roman candles, and bottle rockets, are not approved for sale or use in Illinois.”
What fireworks are prohibited in Illinois?
Under Illinois regulations, some popular displays remain off-limits for non-professional use.
Here is a full list:
- hand held fireworks
- Bottle rockets
- Roman candles
- buzz bombs
- Ground items other than those identified as consumer-approved fireworks
- Spindle wheels or any other viring device, whether on the ground or mounted above the ground
- sky lanterns
- Firecrackers (all types)
What fireworks are allowed?
It depends on where you live and whether or not you have obtained a permit for non-occupational exposures. So be sure to check your local guidelines.
Here is a list of fireworks that may be permitted in certain locations in the state:
- Cones including spark showers, fountains and repeaters (also called cakes)
- Single-tube fountains must not contain more than 75 grams total of pyrotechnic composition. Conical fountains must not contain more than 50 grams in total of pyrotechnic composition. Multi-tube fountains must not contain more than 500 grams in total of pyrotechnic composition.
- Mines, comets, tubes, shells, fancy flowers and parachutes
- These items are fireworks designed to produce low-level aerial effects, which are propelled through the air by a lifting load. Shells will burst at the height of flight to create a display of stars, ratios or other effects or leave a trail of sparks until exhausted. These items contain a maximum of 40 grams of chemical composition and no more than 20 grams of lifting load.
It is important to note that all of these fireworks must be mounted on the ground.
“No consumer portable fireworks will be approved,” says the fire marshal.
Are Sparklers legal in Illinois?
Illinois does not directly regulate “novelty effects” under its fireworks guidelines, but the state does give municipalities the right to prohibit the sale or use of these products on property. public.
So in Chicago, for example, sparklers are illegal.
Here’s what’s included under “novelty effects”:
• pellets for snakes or glow worms
• smoke devices
• Deceptive noisemakers known as party poppers, traps, snappers, matches, cigarette loads and automatic burglar alarms
• toy guns, toy canes, toy guns or other devices in which paper or plastic caps containing 16 mg or less of the explosive compound are used, provided they are
constructed so that the hand cannot come into contact with the cap when it is in place for the explosion
• Paper toy guns or plastic caps containing less than 13 mg of explosive mixture
What do you need if you want to showcase a display on your property?
Adults who wish to set off a fireworks display on their own property, using only those classified as “consumer fireworks”, may only do so in locations where it is locally permitted. If you live in one of these places and want to have a display, here’s what you’ll need to do:
1. Obtain approval from local authorities
2. Obtain a permit issued by the appropriate local government unit
3. Attend approved training with the local fire department
4. Follow rules for use in an approved area after a site inspection
How much can you be fined? And how do you report illegal fireworks use?
According to the IDNR, the fines could be heavy.
“Anyone who owns, uses, transfers or purchases demonstration fireworks without an individual explosives license or a valid IDNR storage certificate is violating Illinois law and could face penalties,” the IDNR said in a statement. Thursday.
“A violation of Illinois explosives law can be a Class 3 felony, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. In addition, the IDNR can impose administrative fines for violations involving fireworks and other explosives.”
Additionally, some cities have their own fines in place.
In Aurora, violators can be fined up to $1,000, with repeat offenders facing even greater penalties. And in Lynwood — which borders Indiana, where fireworks are legal — fines have gone up from $50 to $750, depending on the city.
Reports of illegal fireworks should be reported to the city or county in which you live.
In 2020, about 15,600 people across the country were treated in hospital emergency departments for fireworks injuries, compared to about 10,000 fireworks injuries treated in emergency rooms in 2019, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Where can you see fireworks shows across Chicago and the suburbs?
Here’s where and when you can see fireworks throughout the Chicago area and suburbs, including the famous fireworks display at Navy Pier.