Fireworks, now legal on 3 holidays

Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 140 into law, making it legal for Floridians to set off real fireworks on three holidays.

July 4th is nearly here, and people are stocking up on the necessities: hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad… and fireworks. This year, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill permitting the personal use of fireworks on designated holidays – those holidays being New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), Independence Day (July 4), and New Year’s Eve (December 31).

It is recommended to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home. However, with this years local events being cancelled, if you or your loved ones decide to engage in the use of fireworks, here are some tips to keep you safe:

  • Familiarize yourself with the printed instructions of each style of firework you purchase, and carefully follow those guidelines
  • Make sure you have a designated “launch area” that is a safe distance from people, homes, and vehicles – at least 150 ft of clearance is recommended
  • Only 1 person, a responsible adult, should be permitted in the launch area. Children should NEVER be near fireworks
  • Never hold a lit firework in your hands
  • Keep unlit fireworks away from the lighting area to avoid accidental lighting
  • Do not light fireworks on dry grass or brush, as these will easily burn and the fire will spread
  • Have a 911-enabled phone readily available in the event of an emergency
  • Never consume alcohol when lighting/using fireworks – have a designated lighter who remains sober

For more safety tips, click here.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office encourages you to celebrate Independence Day responsibly. Stay safe, be smart, and have a BLAST.

In emergencies, please dial 9-1-1.

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