Fireworks safety, state law reminders ahead of Independence Day Weekend

BOLIVIA, N.C. – As Independence Day weekend approaches, the Brunswick County Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents and visitors to follow best safety practices and state laws concerning fireworks.

Brunswick County is currently considered abnormally dry, with 100% of the county experiencing a moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. This designation means the wildfire danger in the county is higher than normal for the season.

Because of these conditions, officials recommend individuals avoid using personal fireworks and consider attending professional fireworks displays instead.

“The safest way to enjoy fireworks is for the public to attend professional, permitted fireworks displays and support the many local towns, businesses, and communities that make these events possible in our county,” Brunswick County Fire Marshal Andrew Thompson said.

Professional permitted fireworks displays in Brunswick County include:

In general, sprinklers, fountains, and novelty fireworks items that do not leave the ground and fly through the air are permitted for use in North Carolina.

Any consumer fireworks that leave the ground are illegal in North Carolina. Individuals should make sure fireworks are legal in North Carolina prior to buying them, especially if purchased across state lines.

Individuals who live within a municipality or neighborhood should also check if there are local laws or property owners association rules for private fireworks celebrations. Never use fireworks in neighborhood backyards or other crowded areas.

Adults should always supervise the use of fireworks. Never try to relight or pickup fireworks that have not ignited fully.

Sparks and smoldering embers from fireworks can start fires. Have a fire extinguisher and water nearby for emergencies.

For questions, contact the Brunswick County Fire Marshal’s Office at 910.253.2041.

Always contact 9-1-1 if it is an emergency situation.