Commercial firework displays are typically used for display for large public audiences. They are maintained and monitored by licensed pyro-technicians and the Fire Department during the setup and launching process. A permit from the city is required to possess and discharge such pyrotechnics.
Dangerous fireworks are explosives such as M-80’s, firecrackers and even small firecrackers known as “Lady Fingers”. It is illegal to possess or discharge such fireworks anywhere in North Carolina.
Specifically prohibited fireworks are: Explosive or aerial fireworks, roman candles, and rockets or similar devices.
Consumer fireworks are permitted in some North Carolina counties, unincorporated areas and cities. In Southport, it is illegal to possess or discharge any fireworks even if they were legally purchased outside of the city. It is even illegal to possess those items on the beach under the same law.
Specifically permitted fireworks are: Sparklers, fountains, smoke devices, snake and glow worms, trick noisemakers, and toy pistol caps.
Additionally, the dangerous practice of shooting a gun into the air is illegal.
Please consider your fellow neighbors and remember these laws and warnings.