Code of Ordinances

Of Union County, Illinois.

7-5-12 Standards for Public Fireworks Displays

All public fireworks displays shall conform to the following minimum standards and conditions:

(A) All public fireworks displays shall be planned, organized and discharged by pyrotechnician, “Pyrotechnician” means an individual who by experience and training has demonstrated the required skill and ability for safety setting up and discharging displays of special fireworks.  All individuals shall have a license under the provisions of the Pyrotechnic Distributor and Operator Licensing Act. (225 ILCS 227)

(B) A permit must be obtained from the County and approved by the Fire Chief or designee prior to any display of public fireworks.  The permit shall include the name of the applicant and his or her address, the name of the Pyrotechnician and his or her address; the exact location, date and time of the proposed display; the number, type and class of fireworks to be displayed the manner in which the fireworks are being stored prior to the public fireworks display; and shall include the name and address of the insurance company providing the bond required.

(C) A drawing shall be submitted to the Fire Chief showing a plan view of the fireworks discharge site and the surrounding area within a five hundred (500) foot radius.

The drawing shall include all structures, fences, barricades, street fields, streams and any other significant factors that may be subjected to ignition or that may inhibit firefighting capabilities.

(D) When, in the opinion of the Fire Chief, such requirement is necessary to preserve the public health, safety and welfare, the permit may require that a Fire Department pumper and a minimum of two trained firefighters shall be on site thirty (30) minutes prior to and after the shooting of the event.  The exhibitor shall repay the County for all costs to firefighters for such time.

(E) All combustible debris and trash shall be removed from the area of discharge for a distance of three hundred (300) feet in all directions.

(F) All unfired or “dud” fireworks shall be disposed of in a safe manner.

(G) A minimum of two 2A-rated pressurized water fire extinguishers and one fire blanket shall be required to be at the fireworks discharge site.

(H) The permit shall be immediately revoked at any time the Fire Chief or a designee deems such revocation is necessary due to noncompliance, weather conditions such as, but not limited to, extremely low humidity or high winds.  The display shall also be cancelled by accidental ignition of any form of combustible or flammable material in the vicinity due to falling debris from the display.

(I) Areas of public access shall be determined by the Fire Chief or designer and maintained in an approved manner.

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