Fireworks Safety and the Law

Although the purchase of some types of fireworks may be legal in some neighboring states, the fact remains that they are still illegal to use or even possess in Illinois. 

In addition to the legal issues, at times people tend to overlook the obvious dangers involved. Fireworks can find their way into the hands of children who can be burned, blinded, and otherwise injured from the projectiles and explosions. Remember, fireworks are gunpowder explosives and are extremely dangerous.


Spring Grove’s ordinances prohibit any person(s) from using, selling, delivering, exploding or possessing fireworks in the village all year round.

The term "fireworks" includes firecrackers, cherry bombs, M-80's, bottle rockets and Roman candles. Did you know that the tip of a sparkler burns at 1,800 degrees! 

The laws in Illinois do not change over the July 4th holiday or any other holiday. In other words, fireworks are no more legal on these dates than any other of year. We investigate all complaints of fireworks thoroughly and if someone is found to be in violation, the items in question will be confiscated and the person(s) involved can be arrested.

Fireworks Ordinance: Chapter 26, Article 1

"The term fireworks shall mean and include any explosive composition, or any substance or combination of substances or article prepared for the purpose of producing an audible effect by explosion or detonation only, and shall include blank cartridges, toy cannons, in which explosives are used, the type of balloons which require fire underneath to propel the same, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, bombs or other fireworks of like construction and any fireworks containing any explosive compound or any tablets or other devices containing any explosive substance. The term fireworks shall not include sparklers which do not contain magnesium, toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns or other devices in which paper caps containing .25 grains or less 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. It shall also not include toy pistol caps which contain .25 grains or less explosive mixture and which are packed in packages or containers containing 300 caps or less, the sale and use of which shall be permitted at all times."