Fireworks are a July 4th tradition but it’s important you know the rules where you live so that the rocket’s red glare doesn’t run you afoul of the law.
In general, lighting fireworks is illegal in Alabama’s incorporated towns and cities; fireworks are legal in most unincorporated areas. Some areas also have ordinances related to the times when fireworks are allowed. Other places have noise ordinances that can also apply to fireworks.
Your local police of sheriff’s office can tell you about the specific laws in your particular area, including and time or location restrictions.
What’s legal in Alabama?
In Alabama, fireworks such as bottle rockets, fire crackers, sparklers, roman candles, smoke bombs, and wheels and spinners are allowed. Illegal ground salute fireworks with more than two-grains of explosives or any purchased via mail order are not allowed. Cherry Bombs, Silver Salutes, and M-80s have been banned by federal law since 1966 because of the large amounts of explosive composition they contain.
Anyone younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult in order to purchase fireworks. State law also prohibits fireworks from being sold to someone who appears “intoxicated or irresponsible.”
Fireworks season is limited in Alabama to a period between June 20 – July 10 and Dec. 15-Jan. 2.
It’s also illegal to sell fireworks from tents, from a car or from a trailer pulled by a car. Mobile homes are OK, as long as the buildings are at least 8 feet wide and 32 feet long and the wheels on the bottom have been removed.
The vast majority of states allow some form of consumer fireworks. Three states – Illinois, Ohio and Vermont – only allow wire or wood stick sparkers or novelty items. Massachusetts bans all consumer fireworks.