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Introduced by   Representatives Larrabee of Danville and Miller of Elmore

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Internal security; fireworks; sparklers; displays

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to allow certain ground-based sparkler displays.


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  20 V.S.A. § 3131 is amended to read:


The term “fireworks” means any combustible or explosive composition, or any substance or combination of substances, or article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or an audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, including blank cartridges, toy pistols, toy cannons, toy canes, or toy guns in which explosives are used, balloons that are propelled by explosives, firecrackers, torpedoes, sky rockets, Roman candles, cherry bombs, or other fireworks of like construction and any fireworks containing any explosive or flammable compound, or any tablets or other device containing any explosive substance, except sparklers.  The term “fireworks” does not include toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns, or other devices in which paper caps containing 0.25 grains or less of explosive compound are used, providing they are so constructed that the hand cannot come in contact with the cap when in place for use, and toy pistol paper caps that contain less than 0.2 grains of explosive mixture.  The term “fireworks” does not include fixed ammunition for firearms, or primers for firearms.  The term “sparkler” means a sparkling item that is in compliance with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations and is one of the following:

(1)  A hand-held wire or wood sparkler that is less than 14 inches and has no more than 20 grams of pyrotechnic mixture.

(2)  A snake, party popper, glow worm, smoke device, string popper, snapper, or drop pop with no more than 0.25 grains of explosive mixture.

(3)  A ground‑based sparkling device that is nonexplosive and nonaerial and contains no more than 75 grains of pyrotechnic composition per tube and no more than a total of 200 grams for multiple tubes.

Sec. 2.  20 V.S.A. § 3132(a)(4) is amended to read:

(a)  Except as provided in this section, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm, co-partnership, or corporation to do any of the following:

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(4)  Offer for sale or sell hand-held or ground-based sparklers as described in subdivision subdivisions 3131(1) and (3) of this title to a minor.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont