Don't get caught, firework rules vary by city and county

By WEEK Reporter

July 3, 2014 Updated Jul 3, 2014 at 10:14 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- All fireworks are illegal in Illinois except novelty fireworks like sparklers, snakes and poppers.

But cities and counties are allowed to pass their own ordinances that ban or allow the use and sale of fireworks. And that's causing some confusion.

In Tazewell County sparklers, poppers and snakes are allowed but nothing that flies or explodes. The same goes for East Peoria.

But in Pekin and Morton -- both located in Tazewell County -- no fireworks are allowed. Not even sparklers.

In Washington, sparklers, poppers and snakes are allowed, but nothing explosive.

Peoria County and the City of Peoria follow the same rules.

"I let them play with fireworks like sparklers pop rockets, the ones that scream and stuff. Something simple for the kids," said Peoria resident, Martel Spiller.

But depending on where you live those sparklers may be illegal.

Because every city and county can make its own rules regarding fireworks, it's important to know which fireworks can be a part of your celebration.

"At the stand, I figure if we're in the middle of the state of Illinois, everything they sell at the stand should be legal," said East Peoria resident, Chip Stetzler.

But just because you find firecrackers, roman candles or flying fireworks at a roadside stand doesn't make them legal. And if you're caught with them you could face a fine.

"Officers stop by. We let people know fireworks are still illegal in the city of Peoria. On a night like this, we at least try and give warnings. If the problem still persists, ordinance violations can be written for it," said Lt. Steve Roegge with the Peoria police.

Officers said even the legal fireworks can be dangerous. So it's best to leave it to the professionals.