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South Carolina Fireworks Laws

What Fireworks are Legal and Illegal in South Carolina?


South Carolina Fireworks Laws

Most any consumer grade fireworks are legal in South Carolina, but there are still some rules

As a general rule, South Carolina fireworks laws are pretty inclusive. Most consumer grade fireworks are legal there.

What fireworks are legal in South Carolina?
SC laws are far less strict that most states. In fact, pretty much anything goes. Bottle rockets, mortars, spinners, cakes, aerial fireworks - they're all okay in South Carolina. While it is common for residents from North Carolina (and other states) to cross the border, remember that it is still illegal to possess many South Carolina purchased fireworks in other states. Click here for North Carolina fireworks regulations.

What fireworks are illegal in South Carolina?
Large explosive firecrackers like M-80 and Cherry Bombs are illegal in SC. Also specifically prohibited are small rockets (not bottle) less than 1/2 inch in diameter and 3 inches long.

How old do you have to be to purchase fireworks in South Carolina?
You must be 16 years old

How do I get a South Carolina fireworks permit?
Apply to State Fire Marshal at least 15 working days before show. There is an insurance requirement. Find out more here.

South Carolina fireworks safety
Since South Carolina fireworks laws are pretty loose, many people assume that they're much more dangerous. That's not necessarily the case though. The majority of injuries annually from fireworks though are from smaller devices, like fountains and sparklers. The Charlotte fire department offers these tips for safety:

  • Buy from reliable fireworks vendors Never alter fireworks or try to make your own
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Loose clothing should not be worn while handling fireworks
  • Fireworks are not toys and should only be handled by responsible adults.
  • Have a hose or bucket of water nearby in case of a fire emergency
  • Light one firework at a time and move away from it quickly, if a firework does not light the first time, do not attempt to light it again
  • Ignite your fireworks outdoors on a paved surface, away from grass, trees and other vegetation
  • Never shoot fireworks from a metal or glass container


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