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Is Your Jurisdiction Ready for Fourth of July Fireworks Permits?

New North Carolina Laws in Effect February, 2010

What You Need to Know Right Now!

July 4th fireworks are just around the corner and many jurisdictions have special events between now and then that may involve pyrotechnics. As a result of last year’s tragic event in NC with a fireworks display, the 2009 legislature enacted requirements (NCGS 14-410) that anyone who discharges or operates outdoor pyrotechnics or proximate (indoor) pyrotechnics must attend a training course and earn a pyrotechnics operator permit from the Office of State Fire Marshal before conducting a display in NC. The last thing you need is to get to the day of the event and learn that there are new laws that affect your ability to issue a permit for the event and no time left for compliance.

It is important to note that these new laws work in conjunction with existing laws that involve additional requirements:
– Permits for use of Pyrotechnics can only be issued by a NC Certified Level III Fire Prevention Code Inspector.
– In addition to the permit for code compliance, the event must be approved in writing by the county commissioners or city board as detailed in NCGS 14-413.

For your convenience and preparation for pyrotechnic events in your jurisdiction, checklists has been provided on our website at: Go Here.

There is much more information concerning this safety program there if you are interested.

If you have questions, or if you have an emergency related to unpermitted operators, please contact Rob Roegner ( at 919-661-5880 Ext. 249 or Natalie Pollard ( at 919-661-5880 Ext. 259.

Source: North Carolina Department of Insurance, to subscribe – Go Here!

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