The NH State Fire Marshal’s Office (NHFMO) engages in cooperative fireworks safety efforts with local fire depts, and federal, state & local law enforcement agencies. We also work in partnership with retail fireworks stores, issuing licenses for product sales and conducting inspections to ensure proper and safe storage.
Our office issues permits and licenses for fireworks, including licensing the operators (aka pyrotechnicians) and issuing permits for any shows that occur across the state. Our Fireworks Safety unit interacts with fireworks and pyrotechnics companies involving the sale, manufacture and use of fireworks and pyrotechnic articles, concerts, entertainment venues, and movie and television production sets that operate within our state.
Permissible Fireworks are consumer fireworks that can lawfully be used in New Hampshire. They can be purchased at licensed retail stores across the state by anyone over 21 years old. To use them, consumers must follow any local ordinances or restrictions and follow safety precautions.
- Consumers must be at least 21 years old to buy, have, or use permissible fireworks
- Consumer fireworks may only be used on private property that you own, or with written permission from the land owner, or in the owner's presence. One can be held liable in any civil action for damages to another's property. In other words, you can be sued for using fireworks on property that isn't yours.
Our office works closely with the Permissible Fireworks Advisory Committee, which is responsible for administering the list of communities which restricted the sale, possession or display of permissible fireworks.
Permits, Licensing and Inspections
Permit applications and requests for inspections may be submitted in person, electronically or by mail.
Please make any checks out to State of NH.
New Hampshire Division of Fire Safety
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
(attention: Fireworks Section)
Apply to Sell or Market Fireworks
- Application Packet for License to Sell or Market Permissible Fireworks
- Rocket Launcher Verification
- Saf-C 2600 - Permissible Fireworks Rules
- Application Packet to Wholesale - Distribute Fireworks
- Display Fireworks Operator License Package
- Display Fireworks Permit Package
Applications shall be submitted to local authorities not less than 15 days prior to the date of display.
All locally approved applications shall be submitted to the State Fire Marshal's Office at least 3 business days prior to the intended date of display.
- Notification of Display of Permissible Fireworks (other than a consumer)
- Saf-C-5000 - Display Fireworks Rules
Pyrotechnic and Flame Effects (proximate audience)
- Proximate Audience Permit Application - must be submitted at least 10 days prior to production
- Application for Proximate Audience Operator and Apprentice
- Endorsement Form for Proximate Audience Operator
- Saf-C 6900 - Proximate Audience Rules
High Explosive Magazine permits and blasting related licenses are issued by the NH State Police - Permits and Licensing Unit and can be reached at (603) 223-3873.
Reporting an Incident or Injury
Licensed operators and local departments calling to report an incident involving fireworks, pyrotechnics, or flame effects should contact the NH State Police Communications Center at (603) 223-4381 and request to speak with the on-call Fire Marshal - Supervisor.
For Fire Departments
- Fireworks Enforcement Guide
- Fireworks Injury Reporting
Laws, Rules and Codes
There are three sets of administrative rules that are used to regulate and assist the fireworks industry that operates in New Hampshire on a regular or temporary basis.
Saf-C 2600 - Marketing, Sales, and Possession of Fireworks
These rules predominantly deal with the retail sale of permissible consumer fireworks, and the wholesale/distribution of consumer and professional display fireworks. This set of administrative rules defines minimum requirements for the use, possession, and storage of consumer fireworks by the general public and fireworks industry. It further outlines the licensing process for retail and wholesale licensees.
Saf-C 6900 - Proximate Audience Pyrotechnic and Flame Effects
These rules address the use of pyrotechnic and flame effects used before a proximate audience, such as during a concert, show, sporting event, or television set. A "proximate audience" is typically an audience that is located much closer to these special effects than your average outdoor professional fireworks display, and may be as close as 15 feet. These rules outline the licensing (certificate of competency) process for individuals responsible for these types of effects, and outline audience and venue protections. During these types of events, our Fireworks Safety Unit interacts with pyrotechnic companies from across the country as concerts, shows, and sporting events come to New Hampshire throughout the year.
Saf-C 5000 - Display Fireworks
These rules deal with the safe storage, handling, transportation, and use of professional Display Fireworks. Display Fireworks are the larger pyrotechnic devices used during outdoor fireworks display, such as the 4th of July, or New Year's Eve.
Click here to review New Hampshire Fireworks Safety laws and rules.