Florida Fireworks Q&A: What’s legal and what’s not?

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 09:26 AM.

A loophole in the law allows customers to buy them if they say they're intending to use the fireworks for lawful purposes, including certain uses in agriculture and mining. In stores, this can be as simple as filling out a form.

How can I tell which fireworks are legal?

Just ask. Sellers know the difference, and in many stores, consumer-approved items are clearly marked.

What's the penalty for setting off illegal fireworks?

Florida law classifies it as a first-degree misdemeanor, which means those convicted could face up to a year in prison, a $1,000 fine and court costs.

I’ve heard it is OK to shoot fireworks as long as they are shot off the beach? 

Shooting off the beach is still illegal and it causes a huge trash issue since most people do not clean up the debris that is left over.

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