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Consumer Product Safety Commission Regulations for Consumer Fireworks

By Kelly Balamuth on June 27, 2011

This Fourth of July, many California families may choose to include consumer fireworks as a part of their holiday celebration. While consumer fireworks are legal in the state of California, laws on their use may vary by city.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued regulations about the types of fireworks that are legal for consumer use. It is a violation of federal law to import, distribute or sell fireworks that violate CPSC regulations. The CPSC has a laboratory where they test fireworks collected in the field to see if they meet safety requirements. Any devices that fail the CPSC tests are banned as hazardous substances.

Furthermore, the CPSC sets limits on the amount of pyrotechnic powder to minimize damages and injuries from fire and explosions. For firecrackers and other ground devices which are meant to have a sound effect, the powder limit is 50 mg; for aerial fireworks, the limit is 130mg. The CPSC also sets rules about device fuses and chemical composition. All fireworks must have a label with a warning that describes the function of the device and how to store and handle the device properly. Fireworks that look like candy, food, or other prohibited fireworks (such as mock M-80s) are entirely banned.

When purchasing fireworks, make sure that the devices you purchase are legal and meet the CPSC’s safety requirements. Even legal fireworks can cause serious injuries, especially when they are not used properly. If you or a loved one has been burned or otherwise injured by the negligent use of fireworks, our experienced Walnut Creek burn injury lawyers at Balamuth Harrington will investigate the accident to determine whether negligence was involved and, if it was, get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 1-888-254-1234 to learn more about your legal rights and options.

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