North Carolina-Fireworks-June 28

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-June 28

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

The 4th of July weekend is coming up and that means lots of fireworks going off in North Carolina. Almost every Walmart you drive by in the state has a firework tent out in the parking lot.

walmart fireworks

I got wondering just what was legal to sell in the state of North Carolina related to fireworks. As a general rule, North Carolina’s fireworks laws are pretty restrictive. Our neighbor to the south, South Carolina, permits the sale of many prohibitive items here, and many people travel over the border to get their annual fireworks.


I live off of I-95 in North Carolina so a short drive down to Dillon SC presents the shopper with more options than you will find in NC. Remember, many fireworks you can purchase across the border in SC are not legal in North Carolina, so use them at your own risk. Another thing to keep in mind is in SC anyone trying to sell you fireworks from a vehicle or tent is breaking the law. You probably won’t see those firework tents in SC Walmarts.

In South Carolina, most all types of fireworks are sold legally. Only explosives, like M-80s and Cherry Bombs, are outlawed. You must be at least 16 to purchase fireworks.

But what fireworks can you have in North Carolina? Here’s a rundown:

Fireworks that are legal in North Carolina include poppers, sparklers, fountains and other novelty items that don’t explode, spin, leave the ground or fly through the air.


A common myth I often hear is “that all fireworks are legal on holidays like July 4”, but that’s not true. Last year in North Carolina, fire departments responded to more than 111 fireworks-related calls with an estimated total of $225,000 worth of property damage.

Nationally, an average of more than 200 people-a-day go to emergency rooms with fireworks-related injuries during the month surrounding July 4, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.




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