BBB: Legal fireworks in Illinois and safety

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The fourth of July is filled with family and friends, but there are various risks you take when it comes to fireworks.

The BBB wants to remind Stateline residents that "consumer fireworks" like bottle rockets, roman candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Illinois. These things may be legal in surrounding states, but vendors may not know or tell you about Illinois laws.

The BBB says if we get caught with illegal fireworks, the state is strict with punishment. They say you could get a fine of $2,500 or even a year in jail. There are also regulations and/or penalties depending on what municipality we live in.

Things that are legal in Illinois include: sparklers, snakes, part poppers, some cap guns, smoke devices, booby traps, snappers, trick matches, and cigarette loads.

The BBB says sometimes the things we buy don't always perform how we think they will, so we should take some precautions:
-Know what you're buying, make sure you know what the fireworks do.
-Know from whom you're buying and get proof of purchase and manufacturer information.
-Know how to use them- always read directions.
-Know your environment- be mindful of where you are shooting off fireworks and stay alert.
-Know who will be using them- Keep children away from fireworks and make sure the ones you buy are appropriate for who is firing them off.

When you're using sparklers or giving them to kids keep this in mind:
-Remain standing while you use sparklers.
-Don't hold a child and a sparkler at the same time.
-Use one at a time.
-Never throw a sparkler.
-Remember the stick remains hot after the flame is out. Dunk the stick in water.
-Don't let kids run with sparklers.

Have a safe and happy fourth of July!