Fireworks Ordinance

Illegal FireworksFireworks means and includes any explosive composition, or any substance or combination of substances, or article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect of a temporary exhibition nature by explosion, combustion, conflagration or detonation, and shall include blank cartridges, toy cannons, in which explosives are used, the type of balloons which require fire underneath to propel them, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, bombs or other fireworks of like construction and any fireworks containing any explosive compound, or any tablets or other device containing any explosive substance or containing combustible substances producing visual effects; provided, however, that the term "fireworks" shall not include snakes 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 0.25 grains or less of explosive compound are used, providing 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 which contain less than 0.20 grains of explosive mixture. The sale and use of such excluded articles shall be illegal fireworks permitted at all times.
(Code 1965, § 22-33(1))

Sec. 46-162. Sale; use; explosion of fireworks prohibited; public displays; permits.
  • Except as provided in this section, it shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly possess, offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, or use or explode any fireworks, provided that the president and board of trustees shall have the power to adopt reasonable rules and regulations for the granting of permits for supervised public displays of fireworks. Every such display shall be handled by a competent individual designated by the local authorities specified in this section, and such displays shall be of such a character and so located, discharged and fired as not to be hazardous to property, or endanger any person. Application for permits shall be made in writing to the village clerk at least 15 days in advance of the date of the display, and action shall be taken on such application within 48 hours after such application is made. After such privilege has been granted, sales, possession, use, and distribution of fireworks for such display shall be lawful for that purpose only. No permit granted under this section shall be transferable.
  • Permits may be granted to any group of three or more adult individuals applying therefore. No permit shall be required under the provisions of this section for supervised public displays by state or county fair associations. The board of trustees shall require a bond from the licensee in a sum of not less than $1,000.00, conditioned on compliance with the provisions of this section.
  • Such permit shall be issued only after inspection of the display site by the issuing officer to determine that such display shall not be hazardous to property or endanger any person.
  • Possession by any party holding a certificate of registration under the state fireworks regulation act (425 ILCS 30/1 et seq.), as amended, or by an employee or agent of such party or by any person transporting fireworks for such party shall not be a violation, provided such possession is within the scope of business of the fireworks plant registered under that act.