Fourth of July Fireworks

The Darien Club Home Owner’s Association is asking those in the community to observe State and Local laws in regards to fireworks this weekend. Please remember our neighbors, their pets, and even wild animals are disrupted by fireworks displays, especially those of banned variety. We encourage you to attend local fireworks displays and enjoy the holiday.

Illinois law bans all types of consumer fireworks. However, according to the Pyrotechnic Use Act (“PUA”), certain fireworks are not identified consumer fireworks and therefore are legal.

These “unregulated novelty fireworks” include:
snake or glow worm pellets
smoke devices
trick noisemakers known as “party poppers”, “booby traps”, “snappers”, “trick matches”, “cigarette loads”, and “auto burglar alarms”
sparklers toy pistols, toy canes , toy guns, or other devices in which paper or plastic caps containing twenty-five hundredths grains or less of explosive compound are used, provided they are so constructed that the hand cannot come in contact with the cap when in place for the explosion and
toy pistol paper or plastic caps that contain less than twenty hundredths grains of explosive mixture.

While many Illinoisans cross borders to nearby states such as Indiana or Wisconsin to purchase fireworks legally, once you enter Illinois with these products you are in violation of the Pyrotechnic Use Act. Violations can lead to a $2500 fine and up to one year in prison.

Additionally, unlawful possession, use, or purchase of display fireworks is a violation of the Illinois Explosives Act, punishable as a Class 3 felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The following are some of the consumer fireworks prohibited in Illinois:

Hand held fireworks
Bottle rockets
Firecrackers of any size or type
Sky rockets
Roman candles
Chasers
Buzz bombs
Ground items other than those identified as Approved Consumer Fireworks
Helicopters
Missiles
Pin wheels or any other twirling device whether on the ground or mounted above the ground
Sky Lanterns, the type of balloon which requires fire underneath to propel same

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