It's Fireworks Season
As we approach the Independence day celebration, we want to remind our residents and visitors that the use of consumer fireworks is regulated by both state law and local ordinance. A clear understanding of the rules will help to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
St. John Town Ordinance includes the following general provisions of the State Law that provides distinct limitations regarding the actual use of the fireworks:
- Age requirement. Consumer fireworks shall not be purchased by persons under eighteen (18) years of age.
- Possession by minors. Children shall only possess or use any kind of fireworks when an adult is present.
- Location of use. Consumer fireworks shall exclusively be used on:
- The user's property; or
- The property of someone who has consented to the use of fireworks on the property; or
- A location authorized by special permit as a special discharge location, that is defined as a place designated for the discharge of consumer fireworks under policies of the state fire marshal in effect until the fire prevention and building safety commission adopts rules, as amended from time to time.
Time of use. A person may utilize consumer fireworks on the following specific days, and no other, without a special permit as follows:
- Between 5:00 p.m. and two (2) hours after sunset on June 29, June 30, July 1, July 2, July 3, July 5, July 6, July 7, July 8, and July 9;
- Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight on July 4; and
- Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. on December 31 and 1:00 a.m. on January 1.