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Consumer Fireworks vs. Display Fireworks

October 12, 2017

Fireworks regulations not only extend by state, they’re also differentiated by classification of fireworks explosives. The American Fireworks Fireworks Standards Laboratory establishes standards for both consumer and display fireworks by type of device, design, labeling, composition limit and chemical compounds allowed. There are essentially two categories of fireworks: consumer fireworks and display fireworks.

Consumer Fireworks

These fireworks refer to the fireworks you buy from our fireworks stands during the holidays. They are formerly known as Class C and they are classified as 1.4G explosives.

Buying and supplying fireworks vary by state. You may require a license to purchase certain types of fireworks. For San Antonio and Bexar County, you must be a licensed pyrotechnic operator to conduct a public fireworks display. Read our full blog about San Antonio Fireworks laws here.

Display Fireworks

These fireworks refer to the professional fireworks used for large, public shows. They are formerly known as Class B special fireworks and they are classified as 1.3G explosives. This classification of fireworks tends to be louder and more hazardous than its 1.4G fireworks counterpart. Due to the amount of flash powder in 1.3G explosives, it yields a louder, more powerful effect.

What doesn’t need a separate classification? Safety laws. Whether you’re watching fireworks with the family or a pyrotechnic operator, fireworks can be unpredictable. It’s best to be prepared and to stay alert. If a firework doesn’t go off, don’t linger, pour water over it to ensure no accidental injuries will occur. To be sure, have a bucket of water nearby.

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