Independence Day weekend brings a lot of fun to families all over. However, it’s important to remember to stay safe this weekend.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the State Fire Marshal ask you you to leave fireworks displays to licensed and trained professionals.
Both offices reminding organizations and individuals sponsoring fireworks displays in the state to be sure their fireworks vendor has the required state licenses and certificates prior to the fireworks show.
The Illinois Explosives Act requires anyone who purchases, possesses, uses, transfers, stores or disposes of explosives to have an explosives license and explosives storage certificate that IDNR issues.
Licensing and storage requirements do not apply to consumer fireworks. Those may be purchased and displayed so along as buyers have proper permits from their local jurisdiction.
A violation of the Illinois Explosives Act can be a Class 3 felony, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Emergency responders are reminded to contact IDNR and the state fire marshal with any reports of personal injury or property damage resulting from fireworks or explosives.
For more information, visit the IDNR website.