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View Poll Results: Are fireworks illegal where you reside?
Yes. 21 53.85%
No. 10 25.64%
Sort of. Explain 7 17.95%
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Old 07-03-06, 08:32 PM   #1
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Are fireworks banned where you live?

I live in the middle of Kansas, surrounded by conservative people who say that government should not control our lives. Yet here we are on the 4th of July and we can't purchase or ignite fireworks. It is illegal here, has been for years.

Talk about unAmerican!!!!!! The interesting thing is that i spent the afternoon watching black ashes fall out of the sky from all of the wheat stubble fields that are intentionally being set. Seems ironic that it is OK to intentionally light hundreds of acres on fire, but it is illegal to have fireworks because they might start a fire.
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Old 07-03-06, 08:38 PM   #2
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Yup. Thats why people either drive to ohio or indiana, or just go the old fashion route and shoot guns off. It doesn't matter that they are illegal in Michigan. They are going off like crazy in my neighborhood right now, and tomorrow night it will sound like a war zone.

Me, since I don't want to break any laws, I just shoot off my ramset powder actuated nail gun. Loud as an any firecracker, and infinitely more safe.
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Old 07-03-06, 08:47 PM   #3
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They are banned in NJ. As soon as you come through the Deleware-NJ border there is a giant light sign on the highway
"FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN NEW JERSEY, FINES WILL BE IMPOSED, ARRESTS WILL BE MADE"
I was living in NJ for 3 days, got home today. In NH, they are legal.
But of course, all around me they were going off.
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Yup. Thats why people either drive to ohio or indiana, or just go the old fashion route and shoot guns off. It doesn't matter that they are illegal in Michigan. They are going off like crazy in my neighborhood right now, and tomorrow night it will sound like a war zone.

Me, since I don't want to break any laws, I just shoot off my ramset powder actuated nail gun. Loud as an any firecracker, and infinitely more safe.
Are they really illegal? They're sold everywhere.
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Old 07-03-06, 09:32 PM   #5
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Yup, illegal. California=Gay.
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They're illegal within the city limits. Not illegal elsewhere, however.
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Old 07-03-06, 10:20 PM   #7
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Sorta. They have been illegal for years in Georgia. Bottle rockets, sparkers, the works have been banned, until this year. Now we can buy sparklers, and what is basically a roman candle that sits upright on a plastic base. Wallyworld is selling those in sizes ranging from your thumb to your calf. Still can't buy a firecracker or a bottle rocket, or any of the ones that are good for playing war or loosing eyes.
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I just built a fixed V-2 pulse jet motor, it makes more than enough light and sound. I got the idea from Survival Research Laboratories (http://www.srl.org/)
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non projectial fireworks are allowed both inside and outside the city limits in my county.

nearby Ada county (Boise area) is kinda of weird, fireworks are allowed inside the city limits but not outside due to risk of fires in the foothills.
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My neighbors kids set my back yard on fire, and killed three trees, while playing with firecrackers. I was at work at the time, another neighbor had to call the fire company to put it out. It could have easily reached the house. So be careful.
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My neighbors kids set my back yard on fire, and killed three trees, while playing with firecrackers. I was at work at the time, another neighbor had to call the fire company to put it out. It could have easily reached the house. So be careful.

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yeah thats all we do, teenagers dont care about cool colors or fun sounds.........we just blow **** up
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Illegal EVERYWHERE in Australia now without a permit.

Weird story:

1. You used to be able to purchase them without a licence, get them shipped to your door. But you wern't allowed to use them without a license (in Melbourne)
2. Banned shipping of fireworks without a permit to Melbourne (only about 5 years ago actaully).
3. Only Canberra was still dealing fireworks and you could purchase them there.
4. Restricted to one weekend on the year where you could purchase fireworks in Canberra
5. This year i dont even think they were allowing then at all in Canberra.

All gone here....still there are way's to get your hands on them...$$'ive though, illegal but there are ways if you know the 'right people' .
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Illegal EVERYWHERE in Australia now without a permit.

Weird story:

1. You used to be able to purchase them without a licence, get them shipped to your door. But you wern't allowed to use them without a license (in Melbourne)
2. Banned shipping of fireworks without a permit to Melbourne (only about 5 years ago actaully).
3. Only Canberra was still dealing fireworks and you could purchase them there.
4. Restricted to one weekend on the year where you could purchase fireworks in Canberra
5. This year i dont even think they were allowing then at all in Canberra.

All gone here....still there are way's to get your hands on them...$$'ive though, illegal but there are ways if you know the 'right people' .

So sad, i couldnt imagine having to buy my "lil dynamites®" on the black market
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In the vein of PC2's post. NJ has very strict laws in regards to the sale of fireworks. While in Pennsylvania for the past week or so we've had these little tents poping up everywhere in which you can buy just about anything, the hitch is, that according to PA law, they can only sell to non-residents. Methinks however, they fail to check ID as the entire neighborhood has become a virtual battleground for the past week once the sun starts to set.
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Old 07-04-06, 09:01 AM   #15
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Banned for most of the year inside the city, but allowed for weeks of never-ending explosions around Spring Festival (a.k.a. Chinese New Year). Videos here. It gets crazy.
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In the vein of PC2's post. NJ has very strict laws in regards to the sale of fireworks. While in Pennsylvania for the past week or so we've had these little tents poping up everywhere in which you can buy just about anything, the hitch is, that according to PA law, they can only sell to non-residents. Methinks however, they fail to check ID as the entire neighborhood has become a virtual battleground for the past week once the sun starts to set.
Over the past month, according to the local news, the NYPD has been staking out some of the fireworks stores and booths that are right over the border in PA, following back cars with NY plates, and busting them. Apparently they can seize your car and put you jail if you bring fireworks into any of the five boroughs.
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Banned, but y ou can drive 10 miles to get them... and it seems everyone has them in this area.

I perfer the real thing though!



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You can only get the semi-wimpy ones in Oregon. Still, they're far better than the really wimpy ones of my Michigan childhood. You can go across the river to Washington to get the somewhat better ones. If you driver further to the Indian reservation, you can get just about any kind of firework, including M-80s. M-80s and what they did to kids' eyes, ears, and digits were one of my dad's scare stories he loved to tell my brother and me. That wasn't to say he didn't go to Ohio and bring back tons of roman candles...

I just went out to see what people in my apartment complex are setting off. My neighbor is letting his daughter hold the roman candle launcher as it is going off. We're talking about the Indian res. ones, mind you and she's 10 years old. I don't think there should be a law against fireworks unless there is a drought condition, but I'm all for one that prohibits stupid people from reproducing.
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We had some pretty glorious fireworks here in Houston.
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We aren't supposed to have projectile fireworks such as bottle rockets, mortar shells or the like. However, I have yet to find a cop that will actually do anything other than say "Hey that was a good one."
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Obviously there were plenty of people in Portland clever enough to go up to Battle Ground to visit the Indian reservations.

A lot of city people seem think that rednecks and fireworks are a bad combination (I'm from a rural area and have definite redneck roots and this is my first 4th of July spent in the city). I can tell you now it's the other way around. It was out of control. I rode my bike 5 miles through north Portland to watch a public show. I was constantly dodging Roman candles, Saturn missile batteries, fountains, propellers, ground bloom flowers, etc. I was almost more scared of the fireworks than the drunk drivers (one of whom had crashed on my lawn about 2 hours earlier and driven off as I wrote down his plate number )

At one point some kids threw a fire ******* at me (I think anyway, based on their laughter). That missed, but another guy lit something and threw it out in the street spewing sparks without looking. It hit me in the shoulder.

Exciting day. I'll stick with the rednecks.
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2 cites, pacifica and san bruno they are not illegal. That doesn't stop all the bottle rockets from flying in the air from every direction imaginable. China town, what can I say?
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Not illegal here, in the county, but they're supposed to be in the city limits, I think. I was surprised I didn't get hit while out on my motorcycle. My brother put on a pretty good show at my parents' house(also in the county).
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At one point some kids threw a fire ******* at me (I think anyway, based on their laughter). That missed, but another guy lit something and threw it out in the street spewing sparks without looking. It hit me in the shoulder.
Man, my dad would have beat my @%% if he ever thought I had done something like that with fireworks. I actually decided to stay off my bike after about noon for this very reason. You ok? Hope so.
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Cool! Fireworks are banned in 50% of the places entered into this poll. Welcome to the land of liberty!!!!!!!!

Funny, thing happened here this year. I guess the majority of the city (pop. 50,000) decided to go ahead and light them anyway this year. There has been a lot of talk in the paper about it. Officials estimate that only 10% of the population abided by the ordinance, the rest just lit them anyway.

There were 195 police calls, and only 5 citations given. ONe of those was to a poor set of teenagers from Colorado who were traveling through. They were cited for illegal posession. Now the newspaper is talking of having the ban repealed because it is unenforceable.
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