|The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is urging Palm Beach County residents to think about safety as they make plans to celebrate the Fourth of July. |
Every year thousands of people and animals are killed or critically injured by fireworks. Fireworks can result in severe burns, scars and disfigurement that can last a life-time, for that reason, fireworks are illegal to use without a permit.
If it launches or explodes, as those in the following list, it's illegal.
- Common Bottle Rockets
- Firecrackers (Rolls)
- Standard Fireworks
- M80’s with Mortar
- Projectile Fireworks
- Launchable Rockets with Stands
Follow these precautions to celebrate safely:
- Use sparklers and other “legal” novelties on a flat, hard surface. Do not light them on grass.
- Use sparklers in an open area. Keep children and pets at least 30 feet away from all ignited fireworks.
- Light only one item at a time and never attempt to re-light a dud.
- Don’t purchase or use any unwrapped items or items that may have been tampered with.
- Keep a fire extinguisher or water hose on hand for emergencies.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing the use of illegal fire-works. Using fireworks illegally is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.