For many people, July Fourth is associated closely with fireworks. However, it’s important to remember that backyard fireworks are prohibited and highly dangerous. Fireworks reach extremely high temperatures and can cause burns, lacerations, amputations and blindness.


The use of fireworks is illegal in Maryland, unless the fireworks are part of a public display for which the State Fire Marshal has granted a permit. It is also illegal to purchase fireworks in another state and transport them into Maryland.

Our website has a list of approved public displays in Baltimore County, and the Fire Marshal has a list of approved public displays statewide.

Ground-Based Sparklers

In Baltimore County and most other Maryland counties, it is legal for consumers to purchase and use some handheld and ground-based sparkler devices. Check the State Fire Marshal’s website for a full list of approved ground-based sparkler devices.

Ground-based sparkler devices are prohibited to purchase or use in Baltimore City, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Harford County, Howard County and the Town of Ocean City.

Report Dangerous Behavior

If you see someone illegally using fireworks, call 911 immediately. When not operated by professionals, fireworks pose a risk not only to those using them, but also to bystanders and nearby property.