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Most fireworks are illegal in Florida

Even though most fireworks are illegal in Florida, it typically doesn't stop people from buying them.

More firework celebrations are expected across Florida during the Fourth of July holiday.

One of the issues? Almost all fireworks are illegal in Florida except for sparklers.

The exception includes sparklers, fountains, snakes and glow worms. The Florida Fire Marshall publishes a list of approved fireworks every year.

Anyone found guilty of setting off a firework is committing a first-degree misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1,000 and sentencing of up to a year in jail.

There are also exceptions for people who get a permit from the town, city or county where they live. Also, there is an exception for “agricultural use” to keep birds from agricultural works and fish hatcheries.

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Anyone in Florida who buys fireworks at roadside tents typically signs a form saying they’re familiar with state laws. In Florida, anyone buying fireworks that go into the air or explode are theoretically purchasing them for an approved purchase.

Under state law, firework sellers aren't required to verify the validity of buyers' claims.

Click or tap here to read the Florida statute on the sale of fireworks.

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