Fireworks safety, state law reminders ahead of Independence Day Weekend


Fireworks safety, state law reminders ahead of Independence Day Weekend


BOLIVIA, N.C. – As Independence Day weekend approaches, the Brunswick County Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents and visitors to follow best safety practices and state laws when using fireworks.

“The safest way to enjoy fireworks is for the public to attend professional, permitted fireworks displays and support the many local towns, businesses, and communities that make these events possible in our county,” Brunswick County Fire Marsal Andrew Thompson said.

Professional permitted fireworks displays in Brunswick County include:

In general, sprinklers, fountains, and novelty fireworks items that do not leave the ground and fly through the air are permitted for use in North Carolina.

Any consumer fireworks that leave the ground are illegal in North Carolina. Individuals should make sure fireworks are legal in North Carolina prior to buying them, especially if purchased across state lines.

Individuals who live within a municipality or neighborhood should also check if there are local laws or property owners association rules for private fireworks celebrations. Never use fireworks in neighborhood backyards or other crowded areas.

Adults should always supervise the use of fireworks. Never try to relight or pickup fireworks that have not ignited fully.

Sparks and smoldering embers from fireworks can start fires. Have a fire extinguisher and water nearby for emergencies.

Brunswick County is currently considered abnormally dry, with half of the county to the west experiencing a moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The latter designation means the wildfire danger in these areas is higher than normal for the season.

For questions, contact the Brunswick County Fire Marshal’s Office at 910.253.2041.

Always contact 9-1-1 if it is an emergency situation.


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