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Huntsville fireworks 101: What’s permitted, safety tips, professional shows

Published on June 21, 2023

Huntsville Fire & Rescue (HFR) would like to remind residents that certain fireworks are now permitted for use in the City of Huntsville, per an ordinance recently amended by the City Council. 

Nonexplosive, nonaerial sparking devices, both ground-based and handheld, are legal to use, sell or purchase in the city limits of Huntsville. These fireworks include cylindrical and cone fountains, illuminating torches, wheels and ground spinners. 

“As we approach the Fourth of July, we encourage Huntsville citizens to celebrate the holiday in a safe and responsible manner,” said Huntsville Fire Marshal Dan Wilkerson. 

Safety tips

If planning to use approved fireworks, Wilkerson recommends the following: 

A man with a bald head and blue shirt holds up a box of fireworks in each hand.
Huntsville Fire Marshal Dan Wilkerson holds up examples of fireworks that are now approved to be used within the city limits.
  1. Always have a water source nearby. Whether it’s a bucket of water or the garden hose, make sure you have a water source handy to put out any testy or stray fireworks. Without water, you risk igniting a fire in your own backyard.  
  2. Never point fireworks at another person or pet. Over 9,000 injuries or burns related to fireworks mishaps are reported every year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). It’s imperative that you point fireworks away from others, including pets, when using them at your home.  
  3. Always wear nonflammable safety equipment. The bare minimum when it comes to fireworks safety equipment is a pair of goggles! It’s even better if you can cover your head, wear a thick coat or add some gloves.  
  4. Never relight a firework. If a firework fails to go off correctly, consider it a dud. You should never relight or pick up fireworks that fail. Instead, wait then use a water source to douse the firework and dispose of it in the garbage.  
  5. Children should never be allowed to ignite or play with fireworks. The National Safety Council (NSC) says something as small as a sparkler can cause injuries to children, along with firecrackers and bottle rockets. It’s simply not worth the risk. 
  6. Stay sober when using fireworks. Never handle fireworks under the influence of alcohol. 

Professional fireworks shows

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is by attending a professional fireworks show. 

“Huntsville has plenty of fireworks shows that will light up the sky over the next few weeks,” Wilkerson said. “We encourage you to attend those instead of doing your own.” 

HFR-approved fireworks displays throughout Huntsville this year include: 

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