Sparklers and Fireworks

In Vermont all fireworks (not including Sparklers and other novelty smoke devices) are illegal except for permitted, supervised public fireworks displays. Fireworks are dangerous and unpredictable, especially in the hands of amateurs. All too often Fireworks result in serious burns, hearing loss and other injuries due to miss-use. Public fireworks displays conducted by trained professionals and supervised by local fire departments are a good alternative to personal fireworks use. These displays are the smartest and safest way to enjoy fireworks.

A permit for display is required by the local chief of police and fire departments of the municipality in which the display is to be held. The use, possession, sale and distribution of fireworks is legal only after the permit is granted. Applications for a permit must be made at least 15 days in advance of the fireworks display.

Sparklers less than 14 inches long with no more than 20 grams of pyrotechnic mixture and novelty sparkling items limited to snakes, party poppers, glow worms, smoke devices, string poppers, snappers, or drop pops with no more than 0.25 grains of explosive mixture, that are in compliance with United States Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations, are legal for sale and use in Vermont. However, even sparklers and smoke devices can be harmful if not used properly always make sure that everyone uses sparklers in a safe and responsible manner.


Laws, Rules and Requirements

Vermont Sparklers and Fireworks Law  Title 20 chapter 177 § 3061- 3136.


Information and Resources

Public Fireworks Display Checklist
Sample Municipal Fireworks Display Permit


Additional Links 

National Council on Fireworks Safety
American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) (Information for Fire Service Professionals)
Pyrotechnics Guild International ( Fireworks Safety Guidelines)

Public Education Contact

Micheal D. Greenia
Assistant State Fire Marshal 
Public Education & Information Section Chief
Phone: 802-479-7587
Fax: 802-479-7562 
Email:  micheal.greenia@vermont.gov