425 ILCS 30 Fireworks Regulation Act of Illinois.
This Act may be cited as the Fireworks Regulation Act of Illinois.
The following words and phrases, when used in this Act, shall for the purpose of this Act have the following definition and meaning:
(a) The term fireworks shall mean and include any explosive composition or any substance or combination of substances, or article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect of a temporary exhibitional nature by explosion, combustion, deflagration or detonation, and shall include blank cartridges, toy cannons in which explosives are used, the type of balloons which require fire underneath to propel the same, firecrackers, torpedoes, sky rockets, Roman candles, bombs or other fireworks of like construction and any fireworks containing any explosive compound; or any tablets or other device containing any explosive substance, or containing combustible substances producing visual effects. The term “fireworks” shall not include snake or glow worm pellets; smoke devices; sparklers; trick noisemakers known as “party poppers”, “booby traps”, “snappers”, “trick matches”, “cigarette loads” and “auto burglar alarms”; toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns, or other devices in which paper or plastic caps containing twenty-five hundredths grains or less of explosive compound are used, provided they are so constructed that the hand cannot come in contact with the cap when in place for the explosion; and toy pistol paper or plastic caps which contain less than twenty-five hundredths grains of explosive mixture; the sale and use of which shall be permitted at all times.
(b) The term “fireworks plant” shall mean and include all lands, with buildings thereon, used in connection with the manufacture or processing of fireworks, as well as storehouses located
thereon for the storage of finished fireworks.
(c) The term “fireworks factory building” shall mean any building or other structure in which the manufacture of fireworks, or in which any processing involving fireworks is carried on.
(d) The term “magazine” shall mean any building or other structure used for the storage of explosive raw materials used in the manufacture of fireworks.
(e) The term “Office” shall mean the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
Sec. 3. Fireworks shall not be stored or kept for sale in a store:
(a) Where paints, oils or varnishes are manufactured or kept for use or sale unless such paints, oils or varnishes are in original unbroken containers.
(b) Where rosin, turpentine, gasoline or inflammable substance or substances which may generate vapors are used, stored or offered for sale; or
(c) Where there are not two approved chemical fire extinguishers or six pails of water readily available and equipped for use in extinguishing fires.
Sale and use prohibited on public property. A municipality may, by ordinance, prohibit the sale and use of
sparklers on public property.
Fireworks to be sold at wholesale shall be kept in a room set aside for the storage of fireworks only. Over
each entrance to this room shall be displayed a sign in conspicuous type: “CAUTION – FIREWORKS – NO
SMOKING”, except that any facility for the storage of fireworks which is required to be placarded pursuant to “An Act to require labeling of equipment and facilities for the use, transportation, storage and manufacture of hazardous materials and to provide for a uniform response system to hazardous materials emergencies”, enacted by the 79th General Assembly, shall be placarded in compliance with that Act. No person shall be permitted to be in this room while carrying matches, or a lighted cigar, cigarette or pipe.
All dealers are forbidden to expose fireworks in windows where the sun shines through glass on the
merchandise displayed, except where such fireworks are in the original package, and all fireworks kept for sale on front counters must remain in original packages; provided, however, that fireworks in open stock may be kept in show cases or in counters out of reach of the public.
No smoking shall be allowed in a store where fireworks are offered for sale. Over each entrance to such a
store a sign in large letters shall be displayed, reading “FIREWORKS FOR SALE-NO SMOKING ALLOWED.”
No factory building used in the manufacture of explosive fireworks shall be situated nearer than five
hundred feet to any inhabited dwelling, nor nearer than two hundred feet to any highway or any railroad, nor nearer than one hundred feet to any building used for the storage of explosives or fireworks, nor nearer than fifty feet to any other factory building. This section shall not apply to existing factory buildings in fireworks plants now in operation.
(a) All fireworks plants shall be enclosed on all sides by a fence and all openings to such enclosures shall be fitted with suitable gates, which, when not locked, shall be in charge of a competent watchman who shall have charge of the fireworks plant when it is not in operation. This sub-section shall not apply to existing plants.
(b) No stoves, or exposed flame shall be used in any part of any fireworks plant, except in the boiler room or machine shop, or in buildings where no fireworks or chemicals are stored therein. All parts of the buildings in fireworks plants shall be kept clean, orderly and free from accumulations of dust and rubbish.
(c) Fireworks in the finished state shall not be stored in buildings where fireworks are in process of manufacture.
(d) Each shipping package of fireworks shall bear upon the outside thereof the words
“FIREWORKS–HANDLE CAREFULLY–KEEP FIRE AWAY” in letters not less than 7/16 inch in height, and in
addition shall show the name of the fireworks manufacturer.
(e) No employee or other person shall enter or attempt to enter any fireworks plant with matches, a lighted cigar, cigarette or pipe or other flame-producing device, nor with liquor or narcotics in his or her possession or control, nor while under the influence of liquor or narcotics, nor partake of intoxicants or narcotics while in the plant.
(f) It shall be the duty of the superintendent, foreman or other person in charge of any fireworks plant to provide safety containers for matches at all main entrances of the plant, where all matches in the possession of all persons shall be deposited before entering the plant enclosure.
(g) All fireworks plants shall be properly posted with “WARNING” and “NO SMOKING” signs.
Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prohibit any resident wholesaler, dealer, or jobber to sell at wholesale any fireworks as are not herein prohibited; or the sale of any kind of fireworks provided the same are to be shipped directly out of the state; or the use of fireworks by railroads, public utilities, public and private carriers or other transportation agencies for signal purposes or illumination, or the sale or use of blank cartridges for a show or theater, or for signal or ceremonial purposes in athletic or sports events, or for use by military organizations.
It shall be unlawful for any person to begin operation of a new fireworks plant without a certificate of registration issued by the Office pursuant to the provisions of this Act.
A person is qualified to receive such certificate of registration if such plant for which a certificate is sought, is constructed and maintained in conformance with the provisions of this Act.
Every person who desires to obtain a certificate of registration shall apply therefor to the Office in writing on blanks prepared and furnished by said Office. Each application shall state the name and address of the applicant and the address of the plant for which such certificate is sought, together with a detailed description of the plant. Such application shall be verified by the applicant under oath. A registration fee of $50 shall accompany each such application.
If upon inspection, the Office finds that the provisions of this Act have been complied with, a certificate of registration shall be issued to such applicant. Such certificate of registration shall be posted in a conspicuous place near the entrance to the fireworks plant and shall continue in force until revoked.
If said Office denies such application, it shall file in its office a statement of the reasons therefor and furnish the applicant with a copy of the same.
The Office may revoke any certificate of registration if the holder thereof has violated any of the provisions of this Act.
If a certificate is revoked the Office shall file in its office a statement of the reasons therefor and furnish a copy of same to the holder of such certificate. No fireworks plant shall be operated after revocation of its certificate of registration until such fireworks plant complies with this act, and a new certificate is issued. A record of the certificates of registration issued and revoked shall be kept on file in the Office, and a duplicate sent to the chief of the fire department of each community, in which a fireworks plant is located.
The Office shall give all applicants for, or holders of certificates of registration sufficient opportunity to be heard before any final decision to revoke or to refuse to issue a certificate of registration under this Act, shall be rendered.
The manner of conducting hearings provided for in section 20 of this Act shall conform, as nearly as may be, to the provisions governing hearings set forth in Sections 2105-100, 2105-105, 2105-110, 2105-115, 2105-120, and 2105-125 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law (20 ILCS 2105/2105-100, 2105/2105-105,2105/2105-110, 2105/2105-115, 2105/2105-120, and 2105/2105-125).
All final administrative decisions of the Office hereunder shall be subject to judicial review pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Review Law, and all amendments and modifications thereof, and the rules adopted pursuant thereto. The term “administrative decisions” is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
The Office may adopt reasonable rules and regulations relating to the enforcement of the provisions of this Act.
Nothing in these regulations shall be construed as applying to the transportation of any article or thing shipped in conformity with the regulations prescribed by the Interstate Commerce Commission, nor as applying to the military or naval forces of the United States, nor to the duly authorized militia of the state, nor to the use of signals necessary for the safe operation of railroads, steamboats, trucks, or aircraft.
The provisions of this Act shall not be construed or held to abrogate or in any way affect the power of cities, villages, and incorporated towns to regulate, restrain and prohibit the use of fireworks, firecrackers, torpedoes, Roman candles, skyrockets and other pyrotechnic displays within their corporate limits. The sections of this Act and every part of such sections are hereby declared to be independent sections and parts of sections, and the invalidity of any section or part thereof shall not affect any other section or part of a section.
Whoever fails to comply with or violates any of the provisions of the Act shall be guilty of a petty offense, and whoever, after receiving written notice from the Office, or its authorized representative, directing compliance with specified provisions of the Act fails to comply with the provisions of the Act specified in said notice, shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
This Act shall take effect on the first day of August, Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-five.