Illegal Fireworks

Happy Birthday, America! Our nation’s birthday, along with New Years, is when the sale of fireworks skyrocket (pun intended!). 

Now most people will just head to one of those parking lot stands and buy some sparklers and be happy. They may also head out and watch the fireworks at the NC State Fairgrounds. Great! Always a fun time.

This blog isn’t for those people. It’s for the ones that are driving to South Carolina to buy the “good” fireworks. AKA: The illegal ones. Yup, fireworks are illegal in North Carolina UNLESS you have a permit and have been thoroughly trained.

What fireworks are illegal in North Carolina?

Basically, anything that explodes or is projected into the air, which includes:

  • Roman Candles
  • Firecrackers
  • Aerial Fireworks
  • Bottle Rockets

Are there any legal fireworks in North Carolina?

Yes! Those are the ones you’ll find sold at places like Target, Walmart, grocery stores, and those parking lot stands. The legal ones include:

  • Fountains
  • Smoke devices
  • Snappers
  • Glowworms
  • Sparklers
  • Poppers
  • Snakes
  • Items which do not explode, fly, spin, or leave the ground.

But keep in mind, if you are under the age of 18, you can NOT be found in possession of fireworks whether legal or illegal.

What happens if I’m found in possession of illegal fireworks?

Most likely, the police are going to confiscate the fireworks.

But you say you bought them legally in South Carolina from a vendor. Too bad, they’re still illegal in North Carolina even though you bought them legally in South Carolina. It’s actually illegal to transport them to North Carolina as well!

On top of confiscating them, you may be charged with a criminal offense. Possession of Pyrotechnics (the official term) is a class 2 misdemeanor, unless you set them off indoors (please don’t do that, ever!) which makes it a class 1 misdemeanor. Now if you cause any injuries, it’ll just make things worse, so be careful!

Can I just pay off the ticket?

Sure! Keep in mind that means you are pleading guilty to a criminal offense and that will appear on your criminal background. If anyone runs a criminal background check on you (for work, school, etc), this will appear with a big, fat GUILTY! Along with that you’ll be paying a hefty fine up to $1,000 plus court costs. If you have prior criminal charges, you are also at risk for jail time. Before you pay off the ticket, think about those repercussions!

If you find yourself charged with Possession of Pyrotechnics (or any other criminal charge) in Wake County, call our office for a FREE CONSULTATION. Our staff will be able to let you know what options are available for you in dealing with your charge.

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