Fireworks Safety and Fines: Illegal Fireworks Could Cost You $750 in Illinois


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PEOTONE, IL – As a severe drought continues to grip Illinois, authorities across the state are ramping up efforts to crack down on fireworks violations ahead of the Fourth of July. With safety as their utmost concern, local police departments and fire protection districts have issued statements emphasizing the laws and risks associated with fireworks.

Peotone Police Department has recently underscored the importance of adhering to these guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of the community.

The possession and use of fireworks in Illinois have been illegal since 1935, and violations may also contravene local ordinances. The department explicitly states that if a firework shoots up in the air or explodes, it is likely to be illegal. However, certain fireworks such as sparklers, snakes, smoke bombs, and fountains are generally considered permissible. To ensure compliance, the department advises residents to verify whether the fireworks are sold at Illinois retailers like Walmart or Menards.

Aside from the legal ramifications, fireworks can cause distress to pets, including dogs, cats, chickens, and other household animals. Additionally, fireworks can trigger anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans and disrupt the peace and tranquility of neighbors. The department urges residents to consider the impact their celebrations may have on those around them and prioritize the overall quality of life in the community.

Recognizing the difficulty in preventing all fireworks incidents, the police department reassures residents that they will take enforcement action whenever necessary or in response to service calls. Violating firework laws can result in the confiscation of fireworks, with tickets being either placed on the resident’s door or mailed to their residence. Fines for fireworks offenses can reach up to $750.00 per offense, and individuals may face physical arrest for a Class A Misdemeanor.

Meanwhile, the Bourbonnais Fire Protection District has issued a warning about the severe drought conditions prevailing in Kankakee County. They urge residents to leave fireworks displays to professionals and emphasize the importance of refraining from open burning or using fire pits during dry periods to mitigate the risk of wildfires. In a recent incident, a small brush fire erupted in the Briarcliff Subdivision after children reportedly ignited fireworks in the area, resulting in a portion of the land being charred.

In Palos Heights, the local police department has reminded residents that the possession, sale, and use of fireworks are strictly illegal. They specifically caution against the use of sparklers due to their high temperature and the potential for severe burns, particularly in children.


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