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It`s almost the fourth of July, that noisy time of year when, as one fireworks merchant put it in an episode of The Simpsons, some of us “will celebrate the independence of our nation by blowing up a small part of it.” Products in grocery stores and gas stations are technically not “fireworks” under the law. So enjoy your sparks and those little pellets that turn into guilt-free snakes. Plus, it`s almost impossible to get stopped for fireworks in Tampa Bay (more on that later). Figures for Florida are not available, but national sales of consumer fireworks increased from $407 million in 2000 to $885 million in 2017. Consumer fireworks have become as big as possible under federal law, according to Julie Heckman, president of the American Pyrotechnics Association. For the extremely popular refillable air grenades, also known as mortars, the largest measures 1 and 3/4 inch in diameter with 60 grams of explosives. It`s a big boom with lots of colors and crackles, Heckman said, and it`s actually the smallest shell used in professional displays. But it`s still a world away from the huge 10- or 12-inch grenades that pros also use. Wait, are legitimate farmers actually using fireworks to scare birds off crops? Basically, this includes anything that flies, visibly explodes, and/or explodes audibly, with the notable exception of sparks, hooded pistols, smoke bombs, party poppers, and snappers, which were already legally authorized for use in Florida.

FUN TITLES: The Most Ridiculous Fireworks Brands Discovered in Tampa Between 2008 and 2018, the St. Petersburg police responded to 4,820 calls about fireworks, resulting in 41 reports. Fireworks, torpedoes, rockets, Roman candles, daygo bombs and fireworks containing explosive or flammable compounds. Prosecutors in Pinellas and Pasco counties said they could only find one person ever prosecuted for the Fireworks Act in 2006. On these “designated holidays,” people who light up the kind of popular fireworks found in shops and street stalls, such as Roman candles, bottle rockets, aerial fireworks, fountains, and other new fireworks, can do so without having to prove that they are using them for agricultural purposes — the often abused warning that has allowed residents in recent years to: Fireworks to buy. You read that right: most fireworks are illegal in Florida. But not everyone is ready to go into business as usual, and a Florida law in 2020 that includes three fireworks “vacations” — New Year`s Eve, New Year`s Day and Independence Day — makes it easier for pyrotechnicians to stay closer to home. Nina Lewis of Bob`s Blueberries in Hudson called the fireworks loophole “stupid” and laughed at the thought of someone going to a seasonal street tent to buy something for the company. She also said fireworks are not effective against huge herds that eat 10,000 pounds of berries a year and have bombarded them with blue feces because nothing gets rid of it. Bird release has been around since the 1950s, but people started pushing this loophole for more powerful things in the mid-90s. We came here in part because in 1999, an undercover investigator went to a Phantom Fireworks store on the Overseas Highway in Key Largo, bought a Longhorn Beyond 2000 Aerial Salute, signed the form, and arrested store manager John Miketa for selling illegal fireworks.

Willis Howell, a producer with a much smaller farm, Betty`s Blues Blueberries in Citrus Springs, said he once bought bottle rockets at a regular fireworks store about a decade ago, but laughed when asked if he thought a $100 mortar display emitting a shower of colorful sparks would be helpful in keeping birds away. In Hillsborough County, for example, there were five active fireworks permits as of July 2018. Anyone there who lit as much as a bottle rocket, unless he had, to put it bluntly, frightened the wandering cedar silk tails of his blueberries growing next to certain railroad tracks, was technically committing a first-degree offense that could be punished with a fine of up to $1,000 and a year in prison. TAMPA, Fla (WFLA) – They`re not hard to find, but the fireworks that can be bought on stalls that appear everywhere aren`t necessarily legal. One way or another, but not really. Diana Perez of Starkey Blueberry Farm in Odessa said they employ a man whose whole job is to drive on a golf cart and “shoot fireworks” (up to 100 per hour) at the birds to scare them. But it is actually Bird Banger`s “Vogelschrecken” brand, specially designed for agriculture and purchased in large quantities through an agricultural supplier, not through a tent on the side of the road. Specific fireworks that meet these definitions defined by law include: Here are the guidelines for fireworks safety from the office of Jimmy Patronis, Florida`s chief financial officer, and state fire marshal: Congratulations on your day off, but the short answer is no. If you have no exceptions to agricultural or fish hatcheries, you must keep them for the fourth of July. Your neighbors will probably thank you for sticking to the legal days. Yes. All fireworks, defined as anything that leaves the ground or explodes, have been allowed to be sold illegally or ignited in Florida since 1941.

Exceptions are those who obtain a permit from the local government, light railways or purchase them for “agricultural purposes” to keep birds off harvest. But the law explicitly prohibits cities and HOAs from creating new rules to prevent residents from enjoying fireworks holidays. The bylaws also state that “fireworks” do not include sparks approved by the State Fire Marshal Division of the Ministry of Financial Services. Here`s what you need to know to stay legal and safe with fireworks this New Year`s Eve holiday: The law that governs the three designated holidays provides an exception to laws that are already on books and fireworks like “any flammable or explosive composition or substance or combination of substances. produced for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation. Have we reached the pinnacle of fireworks technology? Anyone in Florida who buys fireworks from roadside tents and standalone stores signs a form stating they are familiar with Florida`s fireworks laws.