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Fireworks: What's Legal in Maryland

Six jurisdictions prohibit fireworks; in others, Maryland fire marshal offers safety tips.

See the link for a list of approved ground-based sparkers in Maryland.
See the link for a list of approved ground-based sparkers in Maryland.
On the Fourth of July, there are several fireworks displays to choose from across Maryland, and State Fire Marshal Brian Gerlaci has advised going to public events and leaving fireworks to the professionals.

"I would highly suggest the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the many public fireworks displays throughout the state," Geraci said.

If people plan to use consumer fireworks, the fire marshal offered these suggestions:
  • Do not allow small children to use fireworks.
  • Know that Baltimore City, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Ocean City and Prince George's County prohibit fireworks, according to the fire marshal.
  • Buy fireworks in the area where you plan to set them off; check with the local municipality to determine what fireworks are legal there. Also consult the Maryland fire marshal's list of approved ground-based sparking devices.
  • Read label warnings and follow instructions.
  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages while using fireworks.
  • Have a bucket of water nearby.
  • Fully extinguish fireworks remains before throwing them out.
Related: Where to Find Fireworks Displays, Festivities Across Maryland
Barbara July 05, 2014 at 02:33 PM
The only thing I know of that is legal in Maryland are illegal aliens
Gary Elwards July 06, 2014 at 08:25 PM
The article above seems misleading. I have always been led to believe that only ground based items are allowed in Baltimore County. No exploding types. Now I'm confused.

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