IDNR Urges Safe Use of Fireworks for Independence Day Holiday


The Illinois Department of Natural

Resources (IDNR) is reminding individuals and

organizations sponsoring fireworks displays in

Illinois for the Independence Day holiday to be sure

their fireworks vendor has the required state

licenses and certificates issued by the IDNR prior to

their fireworks show.

The Illinois Explosives Act requires that anyone who

purchases, possesses, uses, transfers, stores or

disposes of explosives, including display fireworks,

must have an explosives license and explosives

storage certificate issued by the IDNR.

IDNR licensing and storage requirements do not apply

to consumer or personal fireworks (classified as 1.4

explosives) such as roman candles, bottle rockets or


“The Independence Day holiday celebrations involving

fireworks are a great tradition, but we want to make

sure these fireworks shows are as safe as possible,”

said IDNR Director Marc Miller. “Display fireworks

can be dangerous if not stored and handled properly.

Only certified and licensed vendors have the

authority from the state to handle these types of


The Illinois Explosives Act is administered by the

IDNR Office of Mines and Minerals Blasting and

Explosives Unit. This unit is staffed by trained and

experienced blasting specialists located throughout

Illinois. In addition to requiring comprehensive

licensing, training and examination for individuals,

the law requires that unattended display fireworks

and explosives must be stored in an explosives

magazine, storage facility or container that is

inspected and certified by IDNR.

IDNR currently has 1,530 individuals licensed for the

use of explosives in Illinois, of which 864 are for

the use of display fireworks.  There are 840

certified explosives storage magazines in Illinois,

which contain nearly 90 million pounds of explosives.

Of those storage magazines, 144 are certified

specifically for the storage of display fireworks.

Anyone possessing, using, transferring or purchasing

display fireworks without a valid IDNR individual

explosives license or storage certificate is

violating Illinois law and could incur penalties.  A

violation of the Illinois Explosives Act can be a

Class 3 felony, with a maximum penalty of five years

in prison and a $10,000 fine.  In addition, the IDNR

can assess administrative fines for violations

involving display fireworks and other explosives.

Emergency responders are reminded to contact IDNR

immediately with reports of personal injury or

property damage resulting from the use of explosives,

including display fireworks.

For more information on the IDNR explosives

regulatory program log on to

To report an explosives incident or accident, contact

the IDNR Office of Mines and Minerals Mine Safety and

Training Explosives Unit at 217/782-9976.

In addition to fireworks vigilance, the IDNR office

of Land Management has instituted open fire burn bans

at several sites throughout the state, especially in

Southern Illinois where extreme dry conditions

warrant these bans.  Please check with any site

office to see if an open burn ban is in place or

check the DNR website at for

more information.

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