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Don’t Let Fireworks Ruin Your Holiday

Even though the purchase of some types of fireworks may be legal in some neighboring states, the fact remains that they are still illegal to use and even possess in Illinois.  Remember, the laws in Illinois do not change over the July 4th holiday.  Fireworks are no more legal now than they are at other times of the year.  This includes the possession or use of fireworks that are purchased out of state.
 
The Vernon Hills Police Department stresses that all complaints of fireworks are investigated thoroughly.  If someone is found to be in violation, the items in question will be confiscated and the person(s) involved will be arrested and charged, when appropriate.  Adults, as well as minors, are subject to all enforcement action.
 
Vernon Hills’ ordinances prohibit any person from using, selling, delivering, exploding and/or possessing fireworks in the village.  The term “fireworks” includes firecrackers, cherry bombs, skyrockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, M-80’s, etc.  Sparklers are also prohibited in Vernon Hills.  (Sparklers can burn at temperatures up to 2,000 degrees.)
 
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2015 U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,900 people for fireworks. (Approximately 1,900 of these injuries were sparkler-related.) Of the 2015 injury total, 67% of them occurred between June 19 and July 19.
 
“In addition to the illegality, sometimes people forget how really dangerous all fireworks can be,” said Patrick L. Kreis, Chief of Police.  “The last thing we want to do is investigate an incident where someone was injured due to the illegal use of fireworks.”
 
Anyone who has questions about fireworks laws should call the Crime Prevention Unit at                  (847) 247-4889.

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