Private Use of Fireworks – Florida State Statute
December 30, 2020
Naples, FL (December 30, 2020) – The City of Naples is providing the following information concerning the private use of fireworks within the City’s geographical limits during the New Year’s Holiday. This information is provided through the City’s Fire-Rescue Department to help ensure all residents and guests remain safe during holiday celebrations.
According to Florida State Statue 791.08, effective April 4, 2020, it is now legal to use fireworks on Independence Day (July 4), New Year’s Eve (December 31), and New Year’s Day (January 1). Fireworks are defined as anything that blows up or shoots into the air. Igniting fireworks any other day of the year is considered illegal if done without a permit and is punishable as a first-degree misdemeanor.
The new law states that homeowner associations in gated communities may not enact or enforce bylaws that would contradict this new law.
Fireworks can, however, be deemed illegal on the three permitted holidays if a countywide burn ban is in effect.
Sparklers are always legal in Florida. A sparkler is defined as anything that is handheld or ground base which produces sparks upon burning but does not detonate or explode.
Please note that City Ordinance 24-202 remains in effect and prohibits the possession or use of any fireworks, including sparklers, on the beaches of the city, in the public parks of the city, on the city fishing pier and parking area or on the beach access or street end rights-of-way west of Gulf Shore Boulevard in the city – even on these holidays.
The City of Naples Fire-Rescue Department does not recommend the use of commercial fire works by those other than Licenses Pyrotechnicians. For those who choose to use fireworks please adhere to the following recommendations:
- Fireworks should not be use by people who have consumed alcohol
- Only Adults should handle and light fireworks
- Keep fireworks outside of buildings at all times
- Always keep a charged water hose close by
- DO NOT modify or make your own fireworks
- Use a long stem match or long lighter to ignite fireworks fuse (wick)
- Ensure fireworks are completely extinguished and cold before throwing the remnants in the trash
The City of Naples wishes everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. Please be cautious when using fireworks and remember to practice all Covid-19 universal precautions especially face mask wearing as required by the City.