Redneck Bottle Rocket Launcher

If you are going to "play with fire" this holiday weekend, please do so as carefully as possible. Please supervise the use of fireworks by youngsters and do not let children light fireworks that could cause permanent injuries. The same should be observed by our adult readers. 

Considering many of our readers will pay little heed to the following details, we have nonetheless added it as a public service message. Don't say we didn't warn ya.  

As an example, we're pretty sure this is illegal in all of the following states. We are truly enamored by the use of a lit cigarette to test the flammability coefficient of the fuses and fireworks, therefore not recommended.


All 50 States
Fireworks Laws
1. Alabama
26. Montana
Allowed: Items that comply with regulations of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Department of Transportation definitions and trick noisemakers.
Allowed: Consumer fireworks that meet CPSC requirements, except for the items listed below.
Not Allowed: Manufacturing, possessing, selling or using fireworks that have more than two grains of explosive composition or mail-order fireworks.
Not Allowed: Skyrockets, Roman candles and bottle rockets.
Age Restriction: 16+
Age Restriction: 18+
Sale Dates: June 20 - July 10; December 15 - January 2
Sale Dates: June 24 - July 5; December 29 - December 31.
Enforcing Authority: State of Alabama Fire Marshal's Office
Enforcing Authority: Fire Prevention and Investigation Bureau
Other Notes: Don't buy fireworks from tents or cars. Only buildings are licensed to sell fireworks.
Other Notes: Mail orders of consumer fireworks are prohibited in Montana.



2. Alaska
27. Nebraska
Allowed: Roman candles; skyrockets; helicopter rockets; cylindrical and cone fountains; wheels; torches, dipped sticks; mines and shells; firecrackers with soft casings and novelties (size limitations apply).
Allowed: Gold and silver sparklers; spray fountains; torches; color fire cones; star- and comet-type aerial shells without explosive charge; Lady Fingers not to exceed ⅞-inch in length and ⅛-inch in diameter, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed 50 mg. each; color wheels and any other item approved by the Fire Marshal.
Not Allowed: All fireworks not defined as salable consumer fireworks.
Not Allowed: Colored sparklers and other unapproved wire sparklers, rockets, nighttime parachutes, firecrackers with more than 50mg of explosive composition and any other fireworks the State Fire Marshal deems unsafe.
Age Restriction: 18+
Age Restriction: 18+
Enforcing Authority: State of Alaska Department of Public Safety Division
Sale Dates: June 25 - July 5; December 28 - January 1 (certain areas may have different restrictions).


Enforcing Authority: State Fire Marshal
3. Arizona
Other Notes: The fire marshal's office issues an annual list of approved fireworks in January.
Allowed Year Round: Sparklers, smoker devices and select novelty devices.

Allowed May 20 - July 6, December 10 - January 3: Ground-based sparkling devices (fountains, multiple tube cake devices, illuminating torches, wheels and ground spinners).
28. Nevada
Never Allowed: Aerial consumer fireworks; bottle and sky rockets; helicopters; torpedoes; Roman candles and jumping jacks.
Allowed: Consumer fireworks are permitted in certain areas. Check with your local authorities to find out if your county has any restrictions.
Age Restriction: 16+
Not Allowed: Dangerous fireworks, including large firecrackers, aerial displays and items that explode on impact or by friction.
Sale Dates: Varies
Enforcing Authority: Nevada State Fire Marshal Division
Enforcing Authority: State of Arizona Department of Fire, Building and Life Safety
Other Notes: It is not legal to possess any fireworks in Clark County and surrounding areas any time during the year other than June 28 - July 4. Also, in order for consumer fireworks to be legal in Las Vegas, they must be sold by a licensed vendor and carry a Safe-N-Sane emblem.



4. Arkansas

Allowed Year Round: Snakes and sparklers.
29. New Hampshire
Allowed June 20 - July 10, December 10 - January 5: Roman candles; skyrockets; helicopter rockets; cylindrical and cone fountains; wheels; torches; colored fire; dipped sticks; mines and shells; firecrackers with soft casings and select novelty items.
Allowed: Consumer fireworks that the American Fireworks Standards Laboratory or other third-party testing agency approved and designated "permissible fireworks," like Roman candles, sparklers and party poppers.
Not Allowed: Varies by county — check with your local authorities.
Not Allowed: Firecrackers, stick rockets/missiles and devices that solely produce smoke.
Age Restriction: 12+
Age Restriction: 21+
Sale Dates: Varies
Enforcing Authority: New Hampshire Department of Safety
Enforcing Authority: The Arkansas Fire Marshal's Office
Other Notes: Must use fireworks on your own property or have written permission from the landowner.



5. California
30. New Jersey
Allowed: Ground and handheld sparkling devices; cylindrical and cone fountains; wheel and ground spinners; illuminating torch; flitter sparklers (Morning Glory) not exceeding 10 inches in length or ¼-inch in diameter; toy smoke devices; party poppers and snappers.
All consumer fireworks are prohibited in New Jersey.
Not Allowed: Firecrackers; skyrockets; rockets; Roman candles; chasers; all wire and wooden stick sparklers; surprise items; friction items; torpedoes; firework kits and fireworks containing arsenic, phosphorus, thiocyanates magnesium (magnesium-aluminum alloys are allowed); Mercury salts; picrates or picric acid; gallates or gallic acid; select chlorates; boron; titanium (except particle sizes larger than 100 mesh); zirconium and gunpowder.

Age Restriction: 16+
31. New Mexico
Sale Dates: Noon June 28 - noon July 6.
Allowed: All consumer fireworks that comply with the CPSC requirements, except those listed below.
Enforcing Authority: State Fire Marshal
Not Allowed: Stick-type rockets with tubes less than 1/4-inches in diameter. (Some cities may also prohibit aerial and ground audible devices.)
Other Notes: You must be 18+ to sell fireworks
Age Restriction: 16+


Enforcing Authority: State Fire Marshal
6. Colorado

Allowed: Cylindrical and cone fountains; ground spinners; torches and colored fire; dipped sticks and sparklers; snakes and glow worms; trick noisemakers and select novelties.
32. New York
Not Allowed: Firecrackers, aerial devices and audible ground devices.
Allowed: Ground-based or handheld sparkling devices (including cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, and wood sparklers/dipped sticks), party poppers and snappers.
Age Restriction: 16+
Not Allowed: Aerial consumer fireworks, firecrackers and chasers, skyrockets, Roman candles, bombs and metal wire sparklers.
Sale Dates: Varies
Age Restriction: 18+ for sparkling devices
Enforcing Authority: Colorado Department of Public Safety
Enforcing Authority: New York State Department of Labor/New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control
Other Notes: Permitted fireworks may have size and chemical composition restrictions, so make sure you check with your local authorities before using them. Restrictions may vary during wildfire season.
Not Allowed: Items not listed above.


Age Restriction: 12+
7. Connecticut
Sale Dates: June 27 - July 5; December 26 - January 1.
Allowed: Handheld and ground-based sparkling devices that are non-explosive and non-aerial. These fireworks must not contain more than 100 grams of pyrotechnic composition per item.
Enforcing Authority: State Fire Marshal
Not Allowed: All other fireworks with more than 100 grams of pyrotechnic composition and all novelty items.

Age Restriction: 16+
33. North Carolina
Enforcing Authority: Connecticut State Police — Special Licensing and Firearms Unit
Allowed: Sparklers, fountains, smoke devices, snakes and glow worms, trick noisemakers (like party poppers, string poppers or snappers) and toy pistol caps.


Not Allowed: Explosives or aerial fireworks, Roman candles and rockets (or similar devices).
8. Delaware
Age Restriction: 16+
All consumer fireworks are prohibited in Delaware.
Enforcing Authority: Office of State Fire Marshal



9. Florida
34. North Dakota
Allowed: Certain devices that emit a shower of sparks upon burning, don't contain any explosive compounds, don't detonate or explode, are handheld or ground-based, can't propel themselves through the air and contain no more than 100 grams of chemical compounds that spark upon burning.
Allowed: Star lights, helicopter flyers, cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, wheels, torches, colored fire, sparklers, dipped sticks, comets, shells, and soft shell firecrackers (can't exceed 1½-inches in length and ¼-inch in diameter; total pyrotechnic composition can't exceed 50 mg each).
Not Allowed: Firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, daygo bombs and any fireworks containing explosive or flammable compounds.
Not Allowed: Items not listed above.
Age Restriction: 18+
Age Restriction: 12+
Enforcing Authority: Division of State Fire Marshal
Sale Dates: June 27 - July 5; December 26 - January 1.
Other Notes: Legal fireworks may be subject to size limitations.
Enforcing Authority: State Fire Marshal



10. Georgia
35. Ohio
Allowed: All consumer fireworks.
Allowed: Select trick/novelty items, smoke devices and sparklers.
Not Allowed: None
Not Allowed: Using consumer fireworks, other than the items listed above, in Ohio is illegal.
Age Restriction: 18+
Enforcing Authority: Ohio Department of Commerce - Division of State Fire Marshal
Enforcing Authority: State Fire Marshal
Other Notes: Consumers may purchase 1.4G fireworks from one of the licensed sales locations in the state and transport them out of the state (as long as it's done so within 48 hours of purchase).
Other Notes: According to regulations passed in 2015, fireworks may only be used from 10 a.m. to midnight. This extends to 2:00 a.m. around New Year's Day and on the 4th of July.



36. Oklahoma
11. Hawaii
Allowed: All consumer fireworks that meet the CPSC requirements, unless listed below, as well as select novelty items.
Allowed: Items that comply with regulations of the CPSC and DOT definitions.
Not Allowed: Skyrockets (including bottle rockets and stick rockets), M-80s, aerial luminaries/sky lanterns, Hawaii lanterns, Kongming lanterns, Chinese lanterns, sky candles, fire balloons and flying luminaries.
Not Allowed: Aerial fireworks that move on the ground further than inside a circle with a radius of 12 inches, as measured from the point where the item was placed and ignited, aerial shells and mines.
Age Restriction: 12+, unless accompanied by an adult.
Age Restriction: 18+
Retail Sale Dates: June 15 - July 6; December 15 - January 2.
Sale Dates: Fireworks can only be purchased within 5 days of New Year's, Chinese New Year's, July 4 or a cultural event with a permit. Fireworks can't be sold after 12:01 a.m. on New Year's Day, 6:00 p.m. on Chinese New Year's Day or 8:00 p.m. on July 4.
Other Sale Dates: Year round for licensed manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers.
Enforcing Authority: County
Enforcing Authority: State Fire Marshal
Other Notes: You must be 18+ to sell fireworks. Permits are required for more than 5,000 individual units of firecrackers.
Other Notes: You may not order fireworks that are delivered by mail or from door-to-door sal



12. Idaho
37. Oregon
Allowed: Non-aerial fireworks (ground spinners, fountains, sparklers, smoke devices or snakes).
Allowed: Consumer fireworks from Oregon-permitted retail stands, including cones, fountains and wheels.
Not Allowed: All other fireworks not specifically permitted, such as firecrackers or jumping jacks.
Not Allowed: Aerial fireworks, such as bottle rockets and Roman candles. Consumer fireworks purchased anywhere other than an Oregon-permitted retail stand, including on the internet, are not permitted.
Age Restriction: 18+
Age Restriction: 16+
Sale Dates: Midnight June 23 - midnight July 5; midnight December 26 - midnight January 1. Local jurisdictions may extend the period by 5 days.
Sale Dates: June 23 - July 6
Enforcing Authority: State Fire Marshal Division
Enforcing Authority: Oregon State Police
Other Notes: You must have a license to import any fireworks into the state and may have to pay a fee to do so.
Other Notes: Sellers must be 18+.



13. Illinois
38. Pennsylvania
Allowed: Select novelty items (party poppers, smoke devices and sparklers) that appear on a list the state fire marshal updates annually.
Allowed: Pennsylvania law does not consider ground and handheld sparkling devices, certain novelty items and toy caps (as defined in APA Standard 87-1) as consumer fireworks, therefore these items are permitted at all times.
Not Allowed: Handheld fireworks, bottle rockets, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, chasers, buzz bombs, helicopters, missiles, pinwheels and planes.
Not Allowed: All other fireworks are not allowed for consumer use.
Age Restriction: 18+
Sale Dates: Year-round for allowed items.
Enforcing Authority: Office of the State Fire Marshal
Enforcing Authority: Any sworn Law Enforcement officer



14. Indiana
39. Rhode Island
Allowed: Consumer fireworks that comply with CPSC regulations for construction, chemical composition and labeling regulations.
Allowed: Handheld and ground sparkling devices (including fountains, ground spinners, illuminating torches, wheels, flitter sparklers, sparklers and select novelty items).
Use Restrictions: Consumer fireworks may only be used on the owner's property between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. on days other than holidays (when fireworks may be used between 9:00 a.m. and midnight). The applicable holidays are Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and New Year's Eve.
Not Allowed: Aerial consumer, display fireworks and pyrotechnics, unless permits are obtained.
Age Restriction: 18+
Age Restriction: 16+
Enforcing Authority: State Fire Marshal
Enforcing Authority: State Fire Marshal



15. Iowa
40. South Carolina
Allowed: Gold sparklers that don't contain Magnesium, chlorate or perchlorate, flitter sparklers in paper tubes no more than ⅛-inch in diameter and snakes that don't contain Mercury.
Allowed: Fireworks that meet the CPSC requirements (except items listed below).
Not Allowed: Firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles and any other explosive composition or combination of explosive substances prepared to produce a visible or audible effect (not including permitted items).
Not Allowed: Small rockets less than ½-inch in diameter and 3-inches long.
Age Restriction: 18+
Age Restriction: 16+, unless accompanied by parent.
Enforcing Authority: Iowa State Fire Marshal
Enforcing Authority: State Fire Marshal/State Board of Pyrotechnic Safety


41. South Dakota
16. Kansas
Allowed: All fireworks, as long as they comply with CPSC regulations.
Allowed: All pyrotechnic devices the DOT classifies as consumer fireworks, except specific rockets.
Not Allowed: All consumer fireworks made wholly or in part of dynamite, nitroglycerin or giant powder (this specifically prohibits firecrackers).
Not Allowed: Rockets (or devices containing rockets) mounted on a wire or stick.
Sale Dates: June 27 - July 5.
Sale Dates: June 27 - July 5 (including the delivery of fireworks ordered through the mail)
Enforcing Authority: State Fire Marshal
Enforcing Authority: State Fire Marshal
Other Notes: No one may sell or use fireworks in the Black Hills district or in any national/state forest or park. Also, sales from a vehicle are not allowed.



17. Kentucky
42. Tennessee
Allowed: Some aerial devices, ground and handheld sparking devices, and select novelty items (as long as they comply with the CPSC construction, chemical composition and labeling regulations).
Allowed: All fireworks, as long as they comply with CPSC regulations.
Not Allowed: Items that don't comply with the CPSC construction, chemical composition and labeling regulations.
Not Allowed: Illegal ground salutes and fireworks ordered or delivered by mail.
Age Restriction: 18+
Age Restriction: 16+
Sale Dates: Year-round, but there are seasonal sales: June 10 - July 7 and December 26 - January 4.
Sale Dates: June 20 - July 5; December 10 - January 2 for non-novelty items.
Enforcing Authority: Office of the State Fire Marshal
Enforcing Authority: Department of Commerce and Insurance



18. Louisiana
43. Texas
Allowed: DOT- and CPSC-defined consumer fireworks, such as illuminating torches, sparklers, toy smoke devices and bottle rockets.
Allowed: Fireworks that meet the CPSC and DOT consumer firework regulations.
Not Allowed: Cherry bombs; tubular salutes; 2-inch American-made salutes; firecrackers with casings exceeding 1½-inches in length or ¼-inch in diameter; repeating bombs; aerial bombs; torpedoes exceeding 3/8-inches in diameter; Roman candles larger than 10 ball; and sky rockets with a casing of less than 5/8-inches in diameter and less than 2 7/8-inches in length, with an overall length of 15 inches.
Not Allowed: Sky rockets/bottle rockets with a total propellant charge of less than 4 grams, casings less than 5/8-inch by 3½ inches, and overall length including stick of less than 1.8 inches; other fireworks not on the CPSC approval list.
Age Restriction: 15+
Age Restriction: 16+
Sale Dates: Noon June 16 - midnight July 5; noon December 15 - midnight January 1.
Sale Dates: June 24 - July 4; December 20 - January 1, May 1 - May 5.
Enforcing Authority: The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office
Enforcing Authority: Texas Department of Insurance, State Fire Marshal's Office


Other Notes: Be advised: you have to be further than 100 miles from the Texas/Mexico border to buy fireworks.
19. Maine

Allowed: Consumer fireworks items tested and certified by a third-party laboratory conforming with CPSC standards.
44. Utah
Not Allowed: Missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, sky and bottle rockets, as defined by the State Fire Marshal.
Allowed: Fireworks sold at retailers for consumer use and those not designated as Class C Dangerous Explosives. As of 2011, consumers can use certain aerial devices known as multiple tube, repeater or cakes lit by a single fuse.
Age Restriction: 21+
Not Allowed: Firecrackers; bottle rockets; missiles; Roman candles; skyrockets; rockets mounted on a wire or stick; ground salutes; M-80s; Cherry bombs; aerial salutes; flash shells; comets; mines single shot or reloadable aerial shells; aerials that contain over 500 grams of pyrotechnic material and other illegal explosives.
Use Restrictions: Use of consumer fireworks is allowed every day from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. This is extended from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. on July 4, December 31 and the weekends immediately before and after these dates. Consumer fireworks may only be used on the property of the person operating the fireworks.
Age Restriction: 16+
Enforcing Authority: State Fire Marshal and Commissioner of Public Safety
Sale Dates: June 1 - July 31; December 1 - January 5; 30 days before and up to 5 days after the Chinese New Year.
Other Notes: Consumer fireworks may only be sold from a permanent, fixed, standalone building dedicated to the storage and sale of consumer fireworks. Retailers must be 21+ to sell.
Enforcing Authority: Utah Department of Public Safety



20. Maryland
45. Vermont
Allowed: Sparklers containing no chlorates or perchlorates; ground-based sparkling devices that are non-aerial, non-explosive and labeled in accordance with the requirements of CPSC; paper-wrapped snappers containing less than 3/100 grains of explosive composition; and snakes that contain no Mercury and are not regulated by DOT.
Allowed: Sparklers less than 14 inches long, with no more than 20 grams of pyrotechnic mixture. Novelty sparkling items are limited to snakes, party poppers, glow worms, smoke devices, string poppers, snappers or drop pops with no more than 0.25 grains of explosive mixture and that are in compliance with CPSC regulations.
Not Allowed: All other fireworks.
Not Allowed: Firecrackers, skyrockets, Roman candles, torpedoes and daygo bombs.
Age Restriction: 16+
Enforcing Authority: Department of Fire Safety
Enforcing Authority: Maryland Department of State Police



46. Virginia
21. Massachusetts
Allowed: Sparklers, fountains, Pharaoh's serpents, pinwheels and whirligigs.
All consumer fireworks are prohibited in Massachusetts.
Not Allowed: Firecrackers, skyrockets, torpedoes, or other fireworks that explode, travel laterally, rise into the air or fire projectiles into the air.


Enforcing Authority: Department of Housing and Community Development - Office of State Fire Marshal
22. Michigan

Allowed: All consumer fireworks meeting CPSC criteria, as defined in APA Std. 87-1 sections 3.1.2, 3.1.3 and 3.5, as well as ground and handheld sparkling devices.
47. Washington
Not Allowed: Anything not meeting the CPSC criteria.
Allowed: All DOT-approved items, except those listed below.
Age Restriction: 18+
Not Allowed: Firecrackers, skyrockets, salutes, chasers and bottle rockets.
Enforcing Authority: State Fire Marshal
Age Restriction: 16+
Other Notes: Consumers cannot be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when purchasing fireworks
Sale Dates: Noon June 28 - 9:00 p.m. July 5, Noon December 27 - 11:00 p.m. December 31


Usage Dates: Noon June 28 - 11:00 p.m. July 5, 6:00 p.m. December 31 - 1:00 a.m. January 1
23. Minnesota
Enforcing Authority: Washington State Patrol, State Fire Marshal's Office
Allowed: Wire or wood sparklers that don't exceed 100 grams of pyrotechnic composition per item; non-explosive and non-aerial ground-based sparkling devices (with 75 grams or less of chemical mixture per tube or a total of 500 grams or less for multiple tube items) like fountains, cones, illuminating torches, wheels, ground spinners, flitter sparklers, strobes and select novelty devices.

Not Allowed: Firecrackers; torpedoes; missiles; skyrockets; bottle rockets; Roman candles; daygo bombs; mines and shells; chasers and parachutes.
48. West Virginia
Age Restriction: 18+
Allowed: Sparkling devices (fountains, wire sparklers, trick noisemakers, smoke devices and snakes); firecrackers; torpedoes; sky rockets; Roman candles; bottle rockets; reloadable shells; missile-type rockets; helicopter and aerial spinners; multi-aerial mine and shell devices and aerial shell kits.
Enforcing Authority: State Fire Marshal
Not Allowed: Any items not listed above.


Age Restriction: 18+ with valid I.D.
24. Mississippi
Sale Dates: Year-round
Allowed: Nonexplosive sparklers and consumer fireworks the CPSC denotes contains 2 grams or less of explosive composition (cone fountains, small nonexplosive Roman candles and rockets).
Enforcing Authority: West Virginia State Fire Marshal
Not Allowed: Consumer fireworks the CPSC notes have more than 2 grams of explosive composition.

Age Restriction: 12+
49. Wisconsin
Sale Dates: June 15 - July 5; December 5 - January 2.
Allowed: Cylinder fountains; cone fountains; sparklers containing no magnesium; chlorate or perchlorate; snakes containing no Mercury and small smoke devices.
Enforcing Authority: State Fire Marshal
Not Allowed: Firecrackers, wheels, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, aerial salutes and bombs.


Enforcing Authority: Wisconsin Department of Commerce
25. Missouri

Allowed: Consumer fireworks that meet CPSC regulations.
50. Wyoming
Not Allowed: Ground salutes that exceed DOT limits.
Allowed: All consumer fireworks that meet CPSC-requirements.
Age Restriction: 14+, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Not Allowed: None
Sale Dates: June 20 - July 10; December 20 - January 2.
Sale Dates: Year-round
Enforcing Authority: State Fire Marshal
Enforcing Authority: State Fire Marshal
Other Notes: Sellers must be 16+, unless supervised by an adult.



51. Washington, D.C.


Allowed: Toy paper caps that don't contain more than 0.25 grains of explosive composition per cap; sparklers less than 20 inches long; torches; box fire; fountains; cones; dip sticks; nonpoisonous snakes; select novelties and colored lights.


Not Allowed: Firecrackers of any kind; any explosive fireworks (Cherry bombs, salutes, Roman candles, floral shells, artillery shells) or fireworks that are intended to move after the piece is placed and fired (bottle rockets, parachutes, buzz bombs, pinwheels, helicopters, jumping jacks); sparklers longer than 20 inches long that contain dangerous chemicals or any highly oxidizing agent; fireworks with a side fuse or a fuse inserted at any point along the length of the firework; and any firework the Fire Chief deems dangerous to people or property.


Enforcing Authority: Fire Marshal

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