PEORIA (WEEK) -- The Peoria Fire Department is reminding residents about what fireworks are approved, prohibited and unregulated as the Fourth of July holiday draws near.
Approved consumer fireworks are limited to Cones including Showers of Sparks, Fountains and Repeaters (also known as Cakes), Mines, Comets, Tubes, Shells, Fancy Florals and Parachutes.
Prohibited fireworks include Handheld ﬁreworks, bottle rockets, ﬁrecrackers of any size or type, sky rockets, roman candles, chasers, buzz bombs, helicopters, missiles, planes, sky lanterns, pin wheels, any ground items other than those identiﬁed as Approved Consumer Fireworks.
Unregulated, but otherwise allowed novelty fireworks are Snake or glow worm pellets; smoke devices; trick noisemakers known as “party poppers”, “booby traps”, “snappers”, “trick matches”, “cigarette loads”, and “auto burglar alarms”; sparklers; 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; toy pistol paper or plastic caps that contain less than twenty hundredths grains of explosive mixtures.
The Peoria Police Department discourages the use of sparklers, but are discouraged due to the heat produced – 1200 to 2000 degrees or hot enough to melt glass.
Peoria Police also recommend the following of these safety guidelines for approved fireworks:
- Choose a level surface free of grass, weeds, or other combustible material for at least ten feet in all directions.
- Keep children and pets out of this discharge area, only responsible adults should handle or light ﬁreworks.
- Always keep a hose or bucket of water on hand.
- Once the ﬁreworks are spent, they should be placed into a bucket of water to soak overnight before placing them in the garbage.
Peoria Police also say people found in violation of the City of Peoria Municipal Ordinance 11-91, (Fireworks), are subject to a $250 citation.