This year there are 703 retail stands licensed to sale fireworks in Nebraska. In order for fireworks to be legal in our state they must be purchased only from the Nebraska licensed retailers. State law in Nebraska changed in 2010 to allow a broader selection of consumer fireworks, but there are still some restrictions. Some of the prohibited items include rockets with a stick attached, nighttime parachutes, all wire sparklers, fireworks that are shot into the air and after coming to the ground cause automatic ignition due to sufficient temperature, firecrackers that contain more than fifty milligrams of explosive composition.
Here at the State Fire Marshal’s Office we want you and your family to enjoy fireworks and remain safe.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to go to a public show put on by experts.
The U.S. Government website offers the following fireworks safety tips.
- If you plan to use fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area.
- Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
- Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.
- Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
- Stand several feet away from lit fireworks.
- If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it.
- Always read the directions and warning labels on fireworks. If it is not marked with the contents, directions and a warning label, do not light it.
- Supervise children around fireworks at all times.