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FIRE SAFETY
(425 ILCS 35/) Pyrotechnic Use Act.

425 ILCS 35/0.01

    (425 ILCS 35/0.01) (from Ch. 127 1/2, par. 126.9)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Pyrotechnic Use Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-708, eff. 8-25-09.)

425 ILCS 35/1

    (425 ILCS 35/1) (from Ch. 127 1/2, par. 127)
    Sec. 1. Definitions. As used in this Act, the following words shall have the following meanings:
    "1.3G fireworks" means those fireworks used for professional outdoor displays and classified as fireworks UN0333, UN0334, or UN0335 by the United States Department of Transportation under 49 C.F.R. 172.101.
    "Consumer distributor" means any person who distributes, offers for sale, sells, or exchanges for consideration consumer fireworks in Illinois to another distributor or directly to any retailer or person for resale.
    "Consumer fireworks" means those fireworks that must comply with the construction, chemical composition, and labeling regulations of the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, as set forth in 16 C.F.R. Parts 1500 and 1507, and classified as fireworks UN0336 or UN0337 by the United States Department of Transportation under 49 C.F.R. 172.101. "Consumer fireworks" shall not include snake or glow worm pellets; smoke devices; trick noisemakers known as "party poppers", "booby traps", "snappers", "trick matches", "cigarette loads", and "auto burglar alarms"; sparklers; toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns, or other devices in which paper or plastic caps containing twenty-five hundredths grains or less of explosive compound are used, provided they are so constructed that the hand cannot come in contact with the cap when in place for the explosion; and toy pistol paper or plastic caps that contain less than twenty hundredths grains of explosive mixture; the sale and use of which shall be permitted at all times.
    "Consumer fireworks display" or "consumer display" means the detonation, ignition, or deflagration of consumer fireworks to produce a visual or audible effect.
    "Consumer operator" means an adult individual who is responsible for the safety, setup, and discharge of the consumer fireworks display and who has completed the training required in Section 2.2 of this Act.
    "Consumer retailer" means any person who offers for sale, sells, or exchanges for consideration consumer fireworks in Illinois directly to any person with a consumer display permit.
    "Display fireworks" means 1.3G or special effects fireworks or as further defined in the Pyrotechnic Distributor and Operator Licensing Act.
    "Flame effect" means the detonation, ignition, or deflagration of flammable gases, liquids, or special materials to produce a thermal, physical, visual, or audible effect before the public, invitees, or licensees, regardless of whether admission is charged, in accordance with National Fire Protection Association 160 guidelines, and as may be further defined in the Pyrotechnic Distributor and Operator Licensing Act.
    "Lead pyrotechnic operator" means an individual who is responsible for the safety, setup, and discharge of the pyrotechnic display or pyrotechnic service and who is licensed pursuant to the Pyrotechnic Distributor and Operator Licensing Act.
    "Person" means an individual, firm, corporation, association, partnership, company, consortium, joint venture, commercial entity, state, municipality, or political subdivision of a state or any agency, department, or instrumentality of the United States and any officer, agent, or employee of these entities.
    "Production company" means any person in the film, digital and video media, television, commercial, music, or theatrical stage industry who provides pyrotechnic services or pyrotechnic display services as part of a film, digital and video media, television, commercial, music, or theatrical production in the State of Illinois and is licensed by the Office pursuant to the Pyrotechnic Distributor and Operator Licensing Act.
    "Pyrotechnic display" means the detonation, ignition, or deflagration of display fireworks or flame effects to produce visual or audible effects of a exhibitional nature before the public, invitees, or licensees, regardless of whether admission is charged, and as may be further defined in the Pyrotechnic Distributor and Operator Licensing Act.
    "Pyrotechnic distributor" means any person who distributes display fireworks for sale in the State of Illinois or provides them as part of a pyrotechnic display service in the State of Illinois or provides only pyrotechnic services and is licensed by the Office pursuant to the Pyrotechnic Distributor and Operator Licensing Act.
    "Pyrotechnic service" means the detonation, ignition or deflagration of display fireworks, special effects or flame effects to produce a visual or audible effect.
    "Special effects fireworks" means pyrotechnic devices used for special effects by professionals in the performing arts in conjunction with theatrical, musical, or other productions that are similar to consumer fireworks in chemical compositions and construction, but are not intended for consumer use and are not labeled as such or identified as "intended for indoor use". "Special effects fireworks" are classified as fireworks UN0431 or UN0432 by the United States Department of Transportation under 49 C.F.R. 172.101.
(Source: P.A. 96-708, eff. 8-25-09; 97-164, eff. 1-1-12.)

425 ILCS 35/2

    (425 ILCS 35/2) (from Ch. 127 1/2, par. 128)
    Sec. 2. Possession, sale, and use of fireworks. Except as hereinafter provided it shall be unlawful for any person, firm, co-partnership, or corporation to knowingly possess, offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, or use or explode any display fireworks, flame effects, or consumer fireworks; provided that city councils in cities, the president and board of trustees in villages and incorporated towns, and outside the corporate limits of cities, villages and incorporated towns, the county board, shall have power to adopt reasonable rules and regulations for the granting of permits for pyrotechnic and consumer displays.
(Source: P.A. 93-263, eff. 7-22-03; 94-658, eff. 1-1-06.)

425 ILCS 35/2.1

    (425 ILCS 35/2.1)
    Sec. 2.1. Pyrotechnic displays or pyrotechnic service. Each pyrotechnic display or pyrotechnic service shall be conducted by a licensed lead pyrotechnic operator employed by a licensed pyrotechnic distributor or a licensed production company, or insured as an additional named insured on the pyrotechnic distributor's product liability and general liability insurance, as required under paragraphs 2 and 3 of subsection (c) of Section 35 of the Pyrotechnic Distribution and Operating Licensing Act, or insured as an additional named insured on the production company's general liability insurance, as required under paragraph (1) of subsection (c-3) of Section 35 of the Pyrotechnic Distribution and Operating Licensing Act. Applications for a pyrotechnic display permit shall be made in writing at least 15 days in advance of the date of the pyrotechnic display or pyrotechnic service, unless agreed to otherwise by the local jurisdiction issuing the permit and the fire chief of the jurisdiction in which the display or pyrotechnic service will occur. After a permit has been granted, sales, possession, use, and distribution of display fireworks for the display or pyrotechnic service shall be lawful for that purpose only. No permit granted hereunder shall be transferable.
    Pyrotechnic display permits may be granted hereunder to any adult individual applying therefor. No permit shall be required under the provisions of this Act for supervised public displays by State or County fair associations.
    The applicant seeking the pyrotechnic display permit must provide proof of liability insurance in a sum not less than $1,000,000 to the local governmental entity issuing the permit.
    A permit shall be issued only after the chief of the fire department providing fire protection coverage to the area of display or pyrotechnic service, or his or her designee, has inspected the site and determined that the display or pyrotechnic service can be performed in full compliance with the rules adopted by the State Fire Marshal and that the display or pyrotechnic service shall not be hazardous to property or endanger any person or persons. Nothing in this Section shall prohibit the issuer of a permit from adopting more stringent rules.
    All indoor pyrotechnic displays and pyrotechnic services shall be conducted in buildings protected by automatic sprinkler systems and meeting the requirements of rules adopted by the State Fire Marshal pursuant to this Act. At the time an individual applies for an indoor pyrotechnic display permit from the local jurisdiction, written notice of the permit application and the indoor display or pyrotechnic service information shall be made in writing at least 15 days in advance of the date of the pyrotechnic display or pyrotechnic service to the Office, unless agreed to otherwise by the Office.
    Permits shall be signed by the chief of the fire department providing fire protection to the area of display or pyrotechnic service, or his or her designee, and must identify the licensed pyrotechnic distributor or licensed production company and the lead pyrotechnic operator.
(Source: P.A. 96-708, eff. 8-25-09; 97-164, eff. 1-1-12.)

425 ILCS 35/2.2

    (425 ILCS 35/2.2)
    Sec. 2.2. Consumer displays. Each consumer display shall be handled by a competent individual who has received training from a consumer fireworks training class approved by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Applications for consumer display permits shall be made in writing at least 15 days in advance of the date of the display, unless agreed to otherwise by the local jurisdiction issuing the permit and the fire chief of the jurisdiction in which the display will occur. After a permit has been granted, sales, possession, use, and distribution of consumer fireworks for display shall be lawful for that purpose only. No permit granted hereunder shall be transferable.
    Permits may be granted hereunder to any adult individual applying for a permit who provides proof that he or she has received the requisite training. The local jurisdiction issuing the permit is authorized to conduct a criminal background check of the applicant as a condition of issuing a permit.
    A permit shall be issued only after inspection of the display site by the fire chief providing fire protection coverage to the area of display, or his or her designee, to determine that the display is in full compliance with the rules adopted by the State Fire Marshal. Nothing in this Section shall prohibit the issuer of a permit from adopting more stringent rules.
(Source: P.A. 94-658, eff. 1-1-06.)

425 ILCS 35/2.3

    (425 ILCS 35/2.3)
    Sec. 2.3. Consumer distributors and retailers. No person may act as a consumer distributor or retailer or advertise or use any title implying that the person is a consumer distributor or retailer unless registered with the Office of the State Fire Marshal. No consumer fireworks may be distributed, sold, transferred, or provided free of charge to an individual who has not been issued a permit in accordance with Section 2.2 of this Act or has not registered with the Office of the State Fire Marshal in accordance with this Section. No person may sell to a single individual a quantity of consumer fireworks exceeding 499 pounds without prior approval by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The State Fire Marshal, in the name of the People, through the Attorney General, the State's Attorney of any county, any resident of the State, or any legal entity within the State may apply for injunctive relief in any court to enjoin any person who has not registered from distributing or selling consumer fireworks. Upon filing a verified petition in court, the court, if satisfied by affidavit, or otherwise, that the person is or has been distributing in violation of this Act, may enter a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction, without bond, enjoining the defendant from further activity. A copy of the verified complaint shall be served upon the defendant and the proceedings are to be conducted as in other civil cases. The court may enter a judgment permanently enjoining a defendant from further unregistered activity if it is established that the defendant has been or is distributing in violation of this Act. In case of violation of any injunctive order or judgment entered under this Section, the court may summarily try and punish the offender for contempt of court. Injunctive proceedings are in addition to all penalties and other remedies in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-658, eff. 1-1-06.)

425 ILCS 35/3.1

    (425 ILCS 35/3.1) (from Ch. 127 1/2, par. 129.1)
    Sec. 3.1. No fireworks shall be discharged, ignited or exploded at any point in the State within 600 feet of any hospital, asylum or infirmary.
(Source: P.A. 81-623.)

425 ILCS 35/3.2

    (425 ILCS 35/3.2) (from Ch. 127 1/2, par. 129.2)
    Sec. 3.2. The use of what are technically known as fireworks showers or any mixture containing potassium chlorate, and sulphur in theatres or public halls is hereby prohibited.
(Source: P.A. 81-623.)

425 ILCS 35/3.3

    (425 ILCS 35/3.3) (from Ch. 127 1/2, par. 129.3)
    Sec. 3.3. Nothing in these regulations shall be construed as prohibiting the manufacture, storage or use of signals or fuses necessary for the safe operation of railroads, trucks, aircraft, or other instrumentalities of transportation.
(Source: P.A. 81-623.)

425 ILCS 35/3.4

    (425 ILCS 35/3.4)
    Sec. 3.4. Sale and use prohibited on public property. A municipality may, by ordinance, prohibit the sale and use of sparklers on public property.
(Source: P.A. 92-93, eff. 1-1-02.)

425 ILCS 35/4

    (425 ILCS 35/4) (from Ch. 127 1/2, par. 130)
    Sec. 4. Whenever any officer or employee of the Office of the State Fire Marshal or the Department of State Police, a Sheriff, a Deputy Sheriff, or a member of any city council or board of trustees of any village or incorporated town or county board has reason to believe that any violation of this Act has occurred within the jurisdiction within which such official is authorized to act and that the person so violating the Act has in his possession fireworks or combustibles, such official may file a complaint in writing, verified by affidavit, with any circuit court within whose jurisdiction the premises to be searched are situated, stating the facts upon which such belief is founded, the premises to be searched, and the property to be seized, and procure a search warrant and execute the same. Upon the execution of such search warrant, the person executing the same shall make due return thereof to the court issuing the same, together with an inventory of the property taken thereunder. The court shall thereupon issue process against the owner of such property if he be known, otherwise against the party in whose possession the property so taken was found, if known. In case of inability to serve such process upon the owner or the person in possession of the property at the time of its seizure, as hereinbefore provided, notice of the proceedings before the court shall be given as required by the statutes of the State governing cases of attachment. Upon the return of the process duly served or upon the posting or publishing of notice made, as hereinabove provided, the court or jury, if a jury shall be demanded, shall proceed to determine whether or not such property so seized was held or possessed in violation of this Act. In case of a finding that the fireworks or combustibles seized were possessed in violation of this Act, judgment shall be entered confiscating and forfeiting the property and ordering its destruction.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

425 ILCS 35/4.1

    (425 ILCS 35/4.1) (from Ch. 127 1/2, par. 130.1)
    Sec. 4.1. The State Fire Marshal may adopt necessary rules and regulations for the administration of this Act which shall be based upon nationally recognized standards such as those of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1123 guidelines for outdoor displays, NFPA 1126 guidelines for proximate audience displays, NFPA 160 guidelines for flame effects, and NFPA 140 for motion picture and television production studio soundstages, approved production facilities, and production locations. The State Fire Marshal is authorized to adopt rules that establish audience proximity distances for consumer display fireworks.
    The Office of the State Fire Marshal shall maintain a list of approved consumer fireworks and update the list annually or as new consumer fireworks items are submitted to the Office by consumer distributors.
    All applications, permits, and site inspection records shall be on forms approved by the State Fire Marshal.
(Source: P.A. 96-708, eff. 8-25-09.)

425 ILCS 35/5

    (425 ILCS 35/5) (from Ch. 127 1/2, par. 131)
    Sec. 5. Any person, firm, co-partnership, or corporation violating the provisions of this Act shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 94-658, eff. 1-1-06; 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)