BELLEVILLE, IL (KMOX) – Belleville residents planning to shoot off fireworks in their driveways this 4th of July should be prepared to spend a little extra time learning how to use them safely.
Using anything stronger than sparklers, snakes and party poppers will require going to the fire department and passing a few quizzes that will take around 15 minutes to complete.
“Part of that permit process is to have a training class for consumers who want to purchase consumer fireworks,” he says.
Belleville assistant fire chief J.P. Penet tells KMOX News that Illinois is one of the most heavily regulated states in the nation when it comes to firework use, and they’re simply complying with a state law that promotes firework safety.
Penet says people may think it seems like a hassle, but it’s actually for their own good.
“There are multiple injuries that occur to people every year with regard to consumer fireworks,” he says. “As long as they are used in a safe and prescribed manner, I rather enjoy them myself, as long as they’re used safely.”
Penet says the alternative would be to completely ban the use of consumer fireworks next month, per state law.
Testing will begin next week.