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Massachusettes State Fireworks Laws

MASSACHUSETTS CONSUMER FIREWORKS

Specifically permitted

None

Specifically prohibited

Firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, flares, candles, bombs, sparklers, wheels, colored fire, fountains, mines, and serpents.

DISPLAY FIREWORKS

Display permit

Apply to local fire chief at least 15 days before display date. Approved permit is sent by local fire department to Office of State Fire Marshal, not less than five days before the display date

Insurance

Certificate of liability for $1,000,000 and bond for $15,000.

Operator

State license required, apply to State Fire Marshal, valid two years, $40 fee. Fireworks and special effects are separate personal licenses, $40 fee each. Fireworks Special Effects Users Certificate issued to companies covers both

MANUFACTURE, STORAGE, TRANSPORTATION

Labeling, storage, and transportation regulations specified in law. Annual transport permit $100 fee issued to valid Fireworks Special Effects User Certificate holders.

LICENSING

Manufacturing license required. Apply first to local authorities, then to state authorities.

ENFORCING AUTHORITY

State Fire Marshal Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Fire Services P.O. Box 1025 - State Road Stow, MA 01775 Phone: 978-567-3100; 978-567-3375

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-fire-services

LAW NUMBER

Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. Ch. 148, §§ 9-10, 12, 16, 39-45; 527 Mass. Code Regs. 1.05 (modifying NFPA 1 (2012 ed.)); 801 Mass. Code Regs. 4.02

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