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Deputies Make Compliance Checks On Local Fireworks Vendors

Updated: Thursday, July 3 2014, 09:36 AM CDT
We rode undercover with the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office Wednesday night. They wanted to make sure vendors had the proper license as well as the appropriate fireworks for sale. Our visit was unannounced and some fireworks stands were caught off guard.

In the state of Illinois, the sale, purchase and use of fireworks are illegal unless you have a permit.

"We are looking for the fire crackers because they can't sell that. Bottle rockets, they can't sell them either. So it's the sparklers the snakes the champaign things that they can sell," said Captain Cheryllynn Williams.

The Sangamon County Sheriff's Department went undercover to make sure vendors are following the rules.

Our first stop was on Peoria Road. Deputies believed a large yellow truck may be holding illegal fireworks.

Their suspicions were correct.

"You're right. All I had to do was ask about them," said the undercover officer.

The deputy returned with an 8 pack of bottle rockets. Illegal in the state.

Our next stop was just 500 feet down the road. This time, the deputy returned empty handed.

"Well, they has their permit displayed anyways," said the officer.

Currently only 4 stands have registered with Sangamon County.

Captain Williams says they often have no issues except those without the proper permit and who sell illegal fireworks.

"We want to make sure no one is injured. It's supposed to be a safe holiday," said Williams.

Anyone caught setting off fireworks could get a fine ranging from $100 to $1,000 and deputies say it doesn't matter where you purchased the fireworks.

"Most people go to different states to buy fireworks to bring here and that's illegal for them to light those also," said Williams.

As for the fireworks stand that was caught Wednesday night, their illegal fireworks will be confiscated and in some cases their permit to sell could be taken away.

There are quite a few rules for professional fireworks displays in the state as well.

Fireworks shows. must have a proper permit from the fire marshall, insurance with a liability of more than one million dollars and each display site must be inspected.Deputies Make Compliance Checks On Local Fireworks Vendors


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