Which Fireworks Are Legal and Illegal in Illinois?

The fourth of July brings with it the resurgence in use of Fireworks and while many cities have their own ordinances that relate to the use of Fireworks, there are guidelines that the state of Illinois has handed down. Several popular types of Fireworks are illegal in the state of Illinois and you can be punished if you are caught setting off these particular types. Below, courtesy of the City of Galesburg Fire Department, are a list of what Fireworks are legal across the state and which are not legal in the state of Illinois…


•snake or glow worm pellets

•smoke devices;

•trick noisemakers known as “party poppers” or “snappers”


•toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns, or other devices with paper or plastic caps containing twenty-five hundredths grains or less of explosive compound are used


• Handheld fireworks

• Bottle rockets

• Firecrackers of any size or type

• Skyrockets

• Roman candles

• Chasers

• Buzz bombs

• Ground items other than those identified as Approved Consumer Fireworks

• Helicopters

• Missiles

• Pinwheels or any other twirling device whether on the ground or mounted above the ground

• Planes

• Sky Lanterns, the type of balloon which requires fire underneath to propel the same

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