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Fireworks Law (Alabama) Law Summary In Alabama, it is illegal to possess, sell, or use, or ship into the state, fireworks other than "Class C" (also called consumer) fireworks. Class C fireworks are permissible and may be sold at retail, however, it is illegal to sell any fireworks to any person under the age of 16, unless accompanied by an adult. A valid driver's license or state approved ID must be presented at the time of sale. A retail permit is required to sell Class C fireworks. No permit may be issued for the sale of fireworks at retail from tents or from in a motor vehicle or from a trailer towed by a motor vehicle. The shipping sale, possession, and use of special fireworks for public displays is allowed, provided a permit has been obtained from the State Fire Marshal. "Special fireworks" include all fireworks other than Class C fireworks. It is illegal to explode or ignite fireworks within 600 feet of any church, hopsital, asylum, public school, or any enclosed building or within 200 feet of where fireworks are stored, sold, or offered for sale. Permits are required to manufacture, sell, offer for sale, ship or cause to be shipped into or within the state of Alabama fireworks for use before a proximate audience. It is also illegal for consumers to purchase or receive such fireworks through the mail, parcel service, or other carrier. "Proximate audience" means an indoor audience closer to pyrotechnic devises than permitted by the National Fire Protection Association. City ordinance's may impose stricter regulations on the sale or use of fireworks than those imposed by the state.

June 28, 2012

City and County Fireworks Ordinances Within Madison County, it's legal for the public to handle fireworks. According to Deputy Fire Marshal Aaron Pearson of Madison County, people should be cautious when handling fireworks and they should be in an open area that's not close to crowds, trees or houses. Pearson also advised that families have a bucket of water of a fire extinguisher nearby in case a fire does erupt. "Last year we experienced more calls than usual about firework-related injuries and accidents," Pearson said. "These calls were about improper shooting, people getting hurt by fireworks and we even responded to two or three fires last year." Adversely, it's illegal for private citizens in the cities of Huntsville and Madison to handle fireworks. Only state and city approved licensed pyrotechnic companies are able to handle fireworks, mainly for community shows. Municipal citations can be issued to city residents for illegally discharging fireworks that can range from a minimum fine of $100 to maximum fine of $500, plus up to six months in jail, said Mike Jaco, Huntsville Fire and Rescue prevention officer. "The most common thing is grass fires because we usually don't have a lot of rain during this time of the year," Jaco said. "But, people also sustain several injuries such as burns, loss of eyesight and firework blasts to the hands. "We advise residents to take advantage of the opportunities in the city to attend a licensed supervised (fireworks) show," he added. Lt. John Stringer of the Madison Police Department said they typically receive numerous noise complaints within city limits, but will issue a warning and then advise people to find a place outside city limits for fireworks. "If we continue to have complaints we will most likely take enforcement action," Stringer said. "We are not trying to ruin someone's good time. We have public safety to be aware of and we have a city ordinance to enforce." To ensure safety when dealing with fireworks, the Alabama Department of Health urges handlers to exercise these precautions: • Purchase fireworks from reliable distributors. • Read and follow all instructions and warnings. • Have a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher nearby. • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Instead, soak them in wa ter and discard of them. • Be sure people are a safe distance away before lighting fireworks. • Do not ignite fireworks in containers, and store fireworks in a cool, dry place. • Do not wear loose clothing near a fire or while using fireworks. • Individuals under 18 should be supervised and children younger than 14 should not use fireworks

Fireworks Safety Tips Use fireworks outdoors only. Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them. Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket). Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter them or combine them. Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes

and then soak it in a bucket of water. Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a "designated shooter." Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any

type. Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community. The National Council on Fireworks Safety invites you to celebrate our nation's heritage on the Fourth of July, but celebrate safely.

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