Fireworks laws keep Illinois safe

By Alyssa Donovan

July 1, 2013 Updated Jul 3, 2013 at 10:32 AM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- The Fourth of July is right around the corner and it is important to know which fireworks can legally be part of your celebration.

Here in Illinois fireworks come with a wide range of regulations.

"Illinois has broken it down into a couple of categories, consumer fireworks and then pyrotechnic fireworks that are regulated," said Bartonville Police Chief Brian Fengel.

Consumer fireworks include fountains, repeaters and parachutes while pyrotechnic displays use professional grade fireworks.

Fengel says it is up to municipalities to enact an ordinance to allow these displays and in Bartonville the ordinance is especially strict.

"You can't have any type of fireworks, snakes sparklers or any type like that, even to sell them," said Fengel.

Those trying to sell fireworks in cities that do allow it have to follow strict and sometimes expensive regulations.

"We have to have a state permit at every one of our locations and then we also have to have a city permit that we get from city hall down here," said Brittany Uhlry of Hometown fireworks.

In Creve Coeur a permit to sell fireworks is $3,000 while other cities charge only $50.

Some cities, like Peoria, have adopted state law as their city ordinance however municipalities can outlaw additional items at their discretion.

"There are some things you can sell in county that you can't sell in city because the city laws have not changed," said Uhlry.

The list of illegal fireworks in Illinois currently includes firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles and, new to the list this, year sky lanterns.

Individuals caught with illegal fireworks could be subject to arrest.