CITIZEN VOICES® Should NH legalize firecrackers?

Feb 08, 2017

On Thursday, February 9 the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill to legalize firecrackers in New Hampshire. Many types of fireworks are currently legal in New Hampshire, including fountains, wheels and Roman candles. However, firecrackers, rockets, missiles, and devices designed solely to produce smoke can't be sold or possessed inside the Granite State. Read more about this issue. 

"Should NH legalize firecrackers?"

Discussion held on Citizens Count NH website and Facebook page Feburary 8, 2017

414 citizens responded318 citizens were in favor of legalize firecrackers39 citizens were opposed to legalize firecrackers57 citizens commented on related questions or issues

What Participants Said

Yes: 318 citizens were in favor of legalizing firecrackers.  

  • “If you can buy mortars, there is no reason that you shouldn't be able to buy firecrackers.”
  • “They are just firecrackers. Just be careful with them and only have adults use them, just like the rest of the fireworks we sell.”
  • “People are going to buy them anyway. Legalize and tax them.”

No: 39 citizens were opposed to legalizing firecrackers.  

  • “No… Firecrackers are simply noisemakers. They don't even have the plus of being awe-inspiring. Too much noise!”
  • “There are other ways to celebrate than by using explosives, and it's not as if the sound can be contained on the user’s property.”
  • “Are you kidding me? They are used to terrorize pets and neighbors.”

Other: 57 citizens addressed their comments to related questions and issues. 
These included:  

  • Distinctions: “What's the difference between a firecracker and a firework?”
  • Clarifying status: “I was under the assumption that all fireworks are legal in New Hampshire.”
  • Municipal policy: “Plaistow won't even let you have bottle rockets.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Related Bill

SB 23 (2017)
Bill Status: Signed by Governor
Hearing date: Mar 15, 2017

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