What are the different classifications of fireworks?
“Consumer Fireworks” is the current proper term for fireworks available for retail purchase to the general public, 18 years of age and over. Other terms which are sometimes misleading or obsolete include:
Class C Fireworks (a term originating in the USA)
1.4G Fireworks (Class 1, division 4 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations -TDG)
7.2.1 Fireworks ( Class 7, subdivision 1 of division 2 of the Canada Explosive Regulations)
Low Hazard Fireworks
“Display Fireworks” are the fireworks used in larger community displays run by licensed professionals (fireworks supervisors). These devices are not intended for use by consumers. Also may be known as:
Class B Fireworks (a term originating in the USA)
1.3G or 1.1G (Class 1, division 3 or division 1, compatibility group G of the TDG Regulations)
7.2.2 Fireworks ( Class 7, subdivision 2 of division 2 of the Canada Explosive Regulations)
High Level Fireworks
High Hazard Fireworks
“Special Effect Pyrotechnics” are the fireworks designed for use indoors, in close proximity to persons. They are only to be used by licensed professionals (Pyrotechnicians). These products may also be known as:
Close Proximity Fireworks
7.2.5 Fireworks ( Class 7, subdivision 5 of division 2 of the Canada Explosive Regulations)
note* This category may also fall under the 1.3G or 1.1G TDG Act classification
How can I recognize an illegal firework?
Look for a manufacturer’s name on each item or on the box in which they were packaged. Each device should also list instructions for proper use and have cautionary labeling. The manufacturer’s name and cautionary labeling are required by law. Fireworks without this information are probably illegal and, therefore, to be avoided.
Although each and every product authorized for sale as a consumer fireworks is published by name in the Explosive Regulatory Division – List of Authorized explosives. Some common names that have been illegal for literally decades are still being confused with current items authorized for sale:
Cherry Bomb – resembling a red cherry with a fuse out the top. – Illegal
– resembling a 5 inch long x 1 inch diameter tube with a ground spike at one end. – authorized
Cherry Bomb Box – A preselected pack of authorized products. – authorized
M-80 – a short red cylinder with a fuse out the middle side. – Illegal (and very dangerous)
M-80 Kit – A preselected pack of authorized products. – authorized
Bottle Rockets – resembling a device with an attached stick intended to launch into the sky – illegal
– a small tube device with short ground spike at one end – authorized
Rocket Fountain – resembling a illegal bottle rocket, but only emits a shower of sparks – authorized
Bomb Bags – Does not contain pyrotechnic material, and therefore does not fall into the category of fireworks.