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Fireworks 101: Everything You Should Know About Fireworks

Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to handling fireworks, as a lack of proper knowledge can lead to devastating consequences. Ensure your safety and those around you by gaining a thorough understanding of the do's and don'ts of handling fireworks.

What's the Difference Between Consumer and Display Fireworks?

Consumer fireworks are small-scale pyrotechnics that are sold to the
general public for personal use, such as sparklers, firecrackers, and
small fountains. Display fireworks, on the other hand, are much larger
and more powerful, and are intended for professional use in organized
fireworks displays.

Display fireworks are often more elaborate and
synchronized with music, and they typically use much larger shells and
more complex aerial effects. Additionally, display fireworks are handled
by trained pyrotechnicians, who have the necessary knowledge, skills,
and equipment to safely set up and execute a fireworks display.

In contrast, consumer fireworks are intended for use by the general public,
and they come with a much higher risk of injury or damage if they are
not handled properly.

Now these fireworks can be broken down by one more factor, known as the class. Consumer Fireworks have classes listed as 1.4G and Display Fireworks listed as 1.3G. Sometimes with people who have sold fireworks for decades they may call Consumer Class C and Display Class B. While the decimal version is most commonly use, both can be interchanged.

When using consumer fireworks, it is important to follow certain safety recommendations in order to minimize the risk of injury or damage:

  • Only use fireworks outdoors, in a clear and open area, away from buildings, trees, and other flammable objects.
  • Never attempt to light fireworks indoors or in any enclosed space.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions, and never modify fireworks in any way.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of fire or other emergency.
  • Do not allow children to handle or play with fireworks.
  • Never light fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at people, animals, or buildings.
  • Avoid lighting multiple fireworks at once, and never try to relight a dud firework.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket or ignite them while holding them in your hand.
  • Dispose of used fireworks properly by soaking them in water before discarding them.


By following these safety recommendations, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience when using consumer fireworks.



Where can I find more information about fireworks?


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Industry Links: The fireworks industry has a lot of great organizations and information available:

  • American Pyro Association (APA)
    The APA's Mission is to encourage safety in design & use of all types of fireworks, to provide industry information & support to its members, and to promote responsible regulation of the fireworks industry.

  • National Fireworks Association
    The National Fireworks Association (and its over 1200 members) represent the interest of the fireworks manufacturers, importers, and sellers on a national level before Federal lawmakers and regulators.

  • Pyrotechnics Guild International
    PGI has been dedicated to helping you do whatever you love and want to do in fireworks, legally and safely. 

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