Happy Fourth

4 07 2005

Once you review the FY 2000 fireworks injuries as evidenced by Californian hospital emergency room surveys, you know you need to familiarize yourself with California Consumer Fireworks Laws passed in 1938-

  • Specifically Permitted: consumer fireworks are not specifically prohibited.
  • Specifically Prohibited: firecrackers, skyrockets, Roman candles, chasers, sparklers over 10 cm length, surprise items, fritcion items, torpedoes, items resembling food, direworks containing arsenic, phosphorus, thiocyanates magnesium (Mg alloys permitted), mercury salts, picrates or picric acid, gallates or gallic acid, chlorates (except those of alkali or earth metals), boron, titanium (except larger than 100 mesh), zirconium, gunpowder, and fireworks kits.
  • Selling period: Noon June 28 though noon July 6
  • Sale items must be of a type approved by the State Fire Marshal with minimum age of salesperson not less than 18 years
  • Age of purchase must exceed 16 years

The United States observes no national holidays, that is, holidays mandated across all 50 states by the Federal government. The United States Congress and/or President can only legally establish an “official” holiday for its “federal” employees and the District of Columbia. States and municipalities are free to adopt holidays enjoyed by the federal government or to create their own. This can be accomplished in several ways, either through enactment of a law issued by a state legislature or by an executive proclamation, that is, by order from a state governor. As an act of confirmation, it is possible as well that a city may enact an ordinance regarding the celebration of the Fourth of July or any other holiday. As stated in theWorld Almanac (1998, p. 315), however, “in practice, most states observe the federal legal public holiday.”




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