Monday, July 04, 2016
Patch: Should Maryland Allow the Sale of Fireworks?
Should Maryland Allow the Sale of Fireworks?
We asked Patch readers from across Maryland what they thought - here's what you said.
Shared from the Annapolis, MD Patch By Patch Staff (Patch Staff) - July 3, 2016
Fourth of July weekend is upon us which means parades, barbecues and of course - fireworks. The legality of fireworks varies from county to county in Maryland. Fireworks with explosives and projectiles are illegal in the state.
In some local jurisdictions, the sale and use of fireworks — even sparklers — is prohibited. Only gold-labeled sparklers, novelty items -- such as party poppers, snap pops, and snakes -- and ground-based sparkler devices are allowed in Maryland, says the state fire marshal’s office.
In Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George's counties sparklers are also illegal, with the punishment in Montgomery County potentially escalating to a $1,000 fine or six months in jail.
Purchasing and transporting fireworks across state lines is also considered illegal in Maryland. According to the Baltimore County Government, the use of the following devices are completely forbidden: Firecrackers, Cherry Bombs, Black Cats, M-80s, Crackling Balls and Smoke Bombs, Roman Candles and Bottle Rockets. The complete list can be viewed here.
Patch asked readers and Facebook users across the state if they thought these rules and guidelines were fair, and should Maryland allow fireworks to be sold?
Here's what your neighbors and fellow Marylanders said: Read it here: http://patch.com/maryland/westminster/s/ft3fh/should-maryland-allow-the-sale-of-fireworks?utm_source=newsletter-daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=seasonal%20%26%20holidays&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=article-topstories
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