On the Fourth of July, millions of Americans will celebrate the birth of
our nation by grilling delicious burgers and hot dogs, hosting pool and
beach parties, watching extravagant parades, and setting off fireworks.
However, the fireworks laws in Florida are quite strict.
The Sunshine State allows the sale and use of non-aerial and non-explosive
fireworks, such as novelty fireworks. In other words, anything that explodes
or flies through the air is considered illegal for sale and use by state
If you attempt to buy fireworks (other than novelty types), stores will
typically ask you to sign a waiver form. But if you read the fine print,
you will notice that you’re stating your intention to use the fireworks
for an approved purpose, including scaring off animals on your farm or
fish hatchery. However, this leaves the store off the hook, not you.
The following are fireworks that are considered legal in Florida:
- Glow worms
Illegal fireworks include:
- Roman candles
- Bottle rockets
- Anything that explodes or flies
Possession or use of illegal fireworks is a misdemeanor crime, which means
you can be subject to arrest if you violate this law. If convicted, you
can be sentenced to a maximum prison sentence of one year and fined up
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 11,100 Americans
suffered injuries caused by fireworks in 2016. Additionally, 7,600 of
those injuries occurred between June 18 and July 18.
When you celebrate with legal fireworks, follow these safety tips to avoid injury:
- Purchase fireworks from licensed vendors
- Do not let children ignite or play with fireworks
- Always keep an eye on children when they’re around fireworks
- Light only one item at a time and never attempt to re-ignite a “dud”
- Do not carry fireworks in your pockets
- Keep a fire extinguisher, water hose, or bucket of water on-hand for emergencies
Stepniak & Park, our Daytona Beach legal team would like to wish everyone a happy and
safe Independence Day!
If you have been arrested for violating the fireworks law,
contact us and
request a free consultation today.