227.710 Sale or use of display fireworks prohibited -- Exceptions.
No person, firm, copartnership, or corporation shall offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at
retail, keep with intent to sell, possess, use, or explode any display fireworks, except as
In cities the chief of the fire department, or mayor, or similar official where
there is no fire department, and in counties outside of cities the county
judge/executive, may grant permits for supervised public displays of fireworks
by municipalities, fair associations, amusement parks, and other organizations
or groups of individuals.
(b) Every display shall be handled by a competent display operator to be approved
by the public official by whom the permit is granted, and shall be of such
character, and so located, discharged or fired as in the opinion of the official,
after proper inspection, to not be hazardous to property or endanger any
"Competent display operator" shall be defined as the person with overall
responsibility for the operation and safety of a fireworks display. The
competent display operator shall have a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) License and have participated as an assistant
in firing at least five (5) public displays. A "competent display operator" is
also an employee possessor. A permit under paragraph (a) of this subsection
shall be issued only to a competent display operator holding an ATF license.
(d) At least one (1) competent display operator shall be on site during display set-
up and firing. This competent display operator shall maintain a copy of the
permit application, as signed by the local authority having jurisdiction as
identified in this section, on site and at all times the display is in place, and
shall be presented on demand of the state fire marshal or local fire chief. All
public displays that require issuance of a permit shall be conducted in
accordance with the provisions of National Fire Protection Association
(NFPA) 1123 â€“ Code for Fireworks Display (adopted edition).
(e) Permits shall be filed with the state fire marshal at least fifteen (15) days in
advance of the date of the display. After the privilege is granted, sales,
possession, use, and distribution of fireworks for the display shall be lawful
for that purpose only. No permit granted under this subsection shall be
transferable. For the purposes of this subsection, "public display of fireworks"
shall include the use of pyrotechnic devices or pyrotechnic materials before a
proximate audience, whether indoors or outdoors.
(f) Any person remaining within the display area shall be identified as licensed by
the ATF, or an employee thereof, or be an assistant in training to become a
competent display operator. All persons remaining within the display area
shall be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
(g) The commissioner of the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction
with recommendation from
the state fire marshal shall promulgate
administrative regulations in accordance with KRS Chapter 13A to administer
the provisions of this subsection. The regulations shall address the process by
which permits are issued and any other procedures that are reasonably
necessary to effectuate this subsection.
(2) The sale, at wholesale, of any display fireworks for permitted displays by any
resident manufacturer, wholesaler, dealer, or jobber, in accordance with regulations
of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives if the
sale is to the person holding a display permit as outlined in subsection (1) of this
section. The permit holder shall present the permit along with other verifiable
identification at the time of sale.
(3) The sale of display fireworks in accordance with a license issued by the United
States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
(4) The sale and use in emergency situations of pyrotechnic signaling devices and
distress signals for marine, aviation, and highway use.
(5) The use of fuses and railway torpedoes by railroads.
(6) The sale and use of blank cartridges for use in a show or theater or for signal or
ceremonial purpose in athletics or sports.
(7) The use of any pyrotechnic device by military organizations.
(8) The use of fireworks for agricultural purposes under the direct supervision of the
United States Department of the Interior or any equivalent or local agency.
(9) Nothing in this section shall prohibit a person, firm, co-partnership, nonprofit, or
corporation from offering for sale, exposing for sale, selling at retail, keeping with
intent to sell, possessing or using consumer fireworks as defined in KRS 227.702
and as permitted pursuant to KRS 227.715.
Effective: March 16, 2011
History: Amended 2011 Ky. Acts ch. 66, sec. 6, effective March 16,. 2011. -- Amended
2010 Ky. Acts ch. 24, sec. 425, effective July 15, 2010. -- Amended 2004 Ky. Acts
ch. 70, sec. 1, effective July 13, 2004. -- Amended 1994 Ky. Acts ch. 335, sec. 2,
effective July 15, 1994. - Amended 1982 Ky. Acts ch. 436, sec. 6, effective July 15,
1982. -- Created 1980 Ky. Acts ch. 49, sec. 16, effective July 15, 1980.