For Immediate Release
Posted: June 28, 2022


Celebrating With Fireworks in New Hampshire This Summer

Be Safe, Be Legal

Concord, New Hampshire – With summer officially underway, New Hampshire State Fire Marshal Sean P. Toomey reminds residents and visitors that leaving fireworks to the professionals is the safest way to enjoy them. "Fireworks can be exciting and enjoyable, but they can also be dangerous." For those who are legally able to purchase and use fireworks products where they are allowed, there are important safety guidelines that we call "The Three B's." Be prepared. Be safe. Be responsible.

Helpful Hints to Safely and Legally Enjoy Fireworks This Season

Be Prepared before lighting fireworks

Know the Laws / Do your research / Prep your area

  • Fireworks can only be legally purchased from a licensed retailer in NH. There are over 20 in the state.
  • Consumers must be 21 years of age to purchase, have, or use fireworks in NH.
  • You must be the property owner or have written permission from the property owner to light off fireworks. One can be held liable for damages to another's property. In other words, you can be sued for using fireworks on property that is not yours.
  • Local town or municipal ordinances must be followed. Some locations may not allow fireworks, or may require a permit. Check with your local officials.
  • Fireworks stores know their products. Ask for information about a product if you are unsure how to light it or to determine what the effect will be.
  • Call your local fire department to check on current fire danger conditions. Make sure there is enough space from structures and make safety preparations, such as having a fire extinguisher, hose and buckets of water nearby.

Be Safe when lighting fireworks

  • Keep spectators at a safe distance. Each firework device has a specific safety distance listed on its instructions.
  • Never mix fireworks and alcohol and/or drug use.
  • Wear eye and ear protection, gloves and clothing that cannot easily ignite.
  • READ and follow the safety directions on each firework device or package.
  • Do not change or manipulate a firework in any way and be sure to read the manufacturer's instructions for use.
  • All fireworks should be set off outdoors and away from anything that can burn or easily ignite.
  • Light only one device at a time and move away quickly.
  • Never put any part of your body over a firework while attempting to light it and Never hold a firework in your hand while attempting to light it.
  • Only light fireworks on a hard, flat and level surface and make sure the area is free from overhead obstructions (trees, electrical wires etc.).

Be Responsible when finished

  • Stay cautious. Devices that don't fire are extremely dangerous. Do not attempt to re-light a firework that does not go off. Wait 15 minutes and then submerge it in a bucket of water overnight.
  • Clean up firework debris when finished. Make sure any debris or items used to light fireworks (matches, lighters) are secured and out of the reach of children.