Don't get fined: Fireworks are illegal in city limits
POSTED: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 9:30am
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 1:53pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — You can always expect to see fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday, but if they’re found or sold within city limits you could face a fine.
Below is the actual law as related to the possession or sale of fireworks within city limits:
(a) The term "pyrotechnics," whenever used in this section, shall be held to mean any sparkler, squib, rocket, firecracker, roman candle, signal lights, fireworks, or other devices or composition used to obtain visible and audible pyrotechnic display.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to have, keep, store, use, manufacture, offer to sell, handle or transport any pyrotechnics within the city-parish, except as provided in section (c), it being the intention of this section to prohibit the sale of, distribution of, or discharge of pyrotechnics of any kind or description whatsoever within the city-parish.
(c) Nothing in this section shall be held to apply:
(1) To the possession or use of signaling devices for current daily consumption by railroads, trucks or vessels requiring them;
(2) To pyrotechnic display of fireworks in public parks or other open places, where a permit for such display has been issued by the chief of police or sheriff, but before such permits are issued by the chief of police or sheriff, he shall have determined that provisions have been made for the proper safeguarding of life and property, and he shall further provide proper police protection in connection with any authorized display;
(3) To the possession, sale or use of normal stacks of flashlight compositions by photographers or dealers in photographic supplies.
(d) Whoever is found guilty of possession or sale of pyrotechnics shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), imprisoned in the jail for not more than six (6) months, or both.