Fireworks (Watch)

Fireworks (Watch)

CS/SB 198 (Steube) and HB 6037 (Grant, J.) amend current law to prohibit the sale of fireworks to any person under 18 years of age. The bill repeal the required testing and approval of sparklers by the Division of the State Fire Marshal and the registration of sparkler distributors, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. The bill do not alter a city’s authority to adopt more stringent regulations than the state minimum standards for the supervised, public outdoor display of fireworks. The bills maintain permitting requirements for authorized fireworks dealers and limits the number of permits cities can issue to authorized fireworks dealers. Finally, the bills authorize the state fire marshal to adopt rules governing fireworks under Chapter 791, Florida Statutes.  (Cook)