In the City of Urbana, any items which must be ignited by a match are prohibited in the city limits. Fireworks are illegal in the State of Illinois without a permit. Last year fireworks injured 147 people in the state, according to a survey conducted by the State Fire Marshals office. Sparklers can reach temperatures of up to 1200 degrees. In addition fireworks started 577 fires in the state causing more than 4 million dollars worth of damage according to the National Fire Incident Reporting System. The State Fire Marshals Office and the National Fire Protection Association offer the following tips:
Fireworks are illegal without a permit.
Sparklers smoke devices, glowworm pellets, and other devices are legal but dangerous to children.
Abide by all laws pertaining to fireworks.
Always read and follow fireworks directions.
Do not use fireworks near dry grass or near flammable or combustible materials.
Fireworks are not toys. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
Never attempt to re-light or fix fireworks that have not gone off.
Keep a safe distance from fireworks staging areas.
Matches are tools not toys. Children should never play with matches and should never use them to light fireworks.
For the best possible fireworks safety, leave these dangerous devices to professionals. Attend licensed public fireworks display