Sparkler Vendor Information

Public Act No. 00-198, which took effect June 1, 2000, legalized the sale, purchase and use of Sparklers by anyone age sixteen or older; Public Act 06-177 added Fountains to this category. Public Act 06-177 added definitions of 'Sparklers' and 'Fountains', these definitions are found in CGS 29-356.

Sparklers, as determined by the state as stated in CGS 29-357, include sparkling devices of not more than one hundred grams of pyrotechnic mixture per item, which are non-explosive and non-aerial provided (1) such sparklers and fountains do not contain magnesium except for magnalium or magnesium-aluminum alloy, (2) such sparklers and fountains containing any chlorate or perchlorate salts do not exceed five grams of composition per item, and (3) when more than one fountain is mounted on a common base, the total pyrotechnic composition does not exceed two hundred grams. These include the common stick sparklers and cone, base, spike and handle fountains.

The latest requirements for the storage and display are found in the 2009 amendments to the 2005 Connecticut State Fire Safety Code Part V section

QUESTION: Did PA 00-198 and PA 06-177 legalize any other types of fireworks?

ANSWER: No. Although there were others listed in the proposed bill, sparklers were the only items that made it through the process. Smoke bombs, poppers, snakes, glowworms, and other novelty items are still illegal.


Items pictured below are illegal to sell, purchase or use in Connecticut.

Roman Candles, Bottle Rockets, Fire Crackers

Roman Candles, Bottle Rockets, Fire Crackers


Novelties:  Smoke Bombs, Party Poppers, Snappers, Snakes

Novelties: Smoke Bombs, Party Poppers, Snappers, Snakes