Information on 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 all too often result in serious burns, hearing loss and other injuries due to miss-use. Because of the danger, all fireworks, NOT including sparklers and novelty devices, are illegal in Vermont except for permitted, supervised public fireworks displays.
A permit for a display is required by the chiefs of police and fire departments of the municipality in which the display is to be held and shall be of a character, and so located, discharged or fired as, in the opinion of the chief of the fire department, shall not be hazardous to property or endanger any person or persons. The sale, possession, use 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.
Fireworks are dangerous and unpredictable, especially in the hands of amateurs. 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.
Laws, Rules and Requirements
Information and Resources
- National Council on Fireworks Safety
- National Fire Protection Association (fact sheets - fireworks)
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission - Fireworks Information Center
- American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) (Information for Fire Service Professionals)
- Pyrotechnics Guild International ( Fireworks Safety Guidelines)