North Carolina State Fireworks Laws


Specifically permitted Sparklers, fountains, smoke devices, snake and glow
worms, trick noisemakers such as party poppers, string
poppers or snappers, and toy pistol caps.
Specifically prohibited Explosives or aerial fireworks, roman candles, and rockets
or similar devices.
Age to purchase and sell 16 years of age

Display Permit

Apply to local authority. Displays must comply with NFPA
1123, NFPA 1126.

Insurance Minimum of $500,000, local jurisdictions may require
insurance that exceeds that amount.
Operator Operator Permit required. Individual must meet the following:
- Be at least 21 years of age.
- Possess valid ATF issued credentials.
- Have assisted in at least 3 display shows.
- Successfully completed the minimum training
requirements established by the State Fire Marshal
- Successfully passed an exam approved by the SFM that
illustrates individual has knowledge to safely handle,
store, and exhibit 1.3G and 1.4G fireworks or provide
evidence of current certification of an acceptable third
- Permit application fee required
Permit & application fee also required for all assistants of a
display show

Annual licenses required. Apply to Director of State Police before April 1. Valid May 1-April 30. Non-residents must have license to do business in state. Retailer may purchase license from supplier, who must report to the director of state police semi-annually (January 31 and July 31.) Minimum age 21 years.
Manufacturer $ 1,000
Importer $ 750
Distributor $ 500
Wholesaler $ 100
Retail (per outlet) $ 25
Shooter $ 50
Public Display $ 25

MANUFACTURE, STORAGE, TRANSPORTATION Manufacturing of fireworks not permitted.


Office of State Fire Marshal
Pyrotechnic Permitting
1202 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1202
Phone: 1 (800) 634-7854


N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 14-410 through 14-415, 58-82a-1
through 58-82a-55; 11 N.C. Admin. Code 5D.0101 through

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