Although the purchase of some types of fireworks may be legal in some neighboring states, the fact remains that they are still illegal to use or even possess in Illinois.
In addition to the illegality, at times people tend to overlook the obvious dangers involved. Fireworks can also find their way into the hands of children who can be burned, blinded and otherwise injured from heat, fire, projectiles and explosions. Remember, fireworks are gunpowder explosives and are just plain dangerous.
Here's something that you may not have known... One out of every three fireworks injuries is to the eyes, and one out of every four fireworks eye injuries means some kind of permanent blindness. You can learn more about eye safety from the Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness.
Vernon Hills ordinances prohibit any person from using, selling, delivering, exploding or possessing fireworks in the village all year round. The term "fireworks" includes firecrackers, cherry bombs, M-80's, bottle rockets and Roman candles. In addition, sparklers are also prohibited in Vernon Hills. (Did you know that the tip of a sparkler burns at 1,800 degrees? For comparison: a match burns at 325 degrees.)
Remember, the laws in Illinois do not change over the July 4 holiday or for any other holiday. In other words, fireworks are no more legal on these dates than they are at other times of the year. The Vernon Hills Police Department stresses that all complaints of fireworks are thoroughly investigated. If someone is found to be in violation, the items in question will be confiscated and the person(s) involved will be arrested and/or charged when appropriate. This applies to both adults and minors alike.
Contact the Crime Prevention Unit at (847) 247-4889 or via e-mail if you have any questions regarding the fireworks laws.
For more information on fire safey, contact the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance.