Fireworks are illegal in the city limits of Little Rock. Little Rock Code Section 18-103 says no person shall possess, sell, manufacture or use fireworks except in accordance with the fire prevention code, which says the possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks are prohibited. That means even having fireworks, with the intention to set them off somewhere else, is illegal.
Little Rock and central Arkansas have quite a few professional displays you can attend for free. These are usually safer and more spectacular. The biggest is Pops on the River, which is a great display on the Arkansas River. It’s free and family friendly.
In other parts of Arkansas, certain fireworks are legal. Only “Class C” fireworks are permitted for use, and such can only be sold from June 20 to July 10 and from Dec. 10 to Jan. 5. Each product must be labeled “I.C.C. Class C Common fireworks.” The class includes Roman candles, skyrockets, helicopter-type rockets, cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, wheels, illuminating torches, mines and shells, firecrackers and salutes. Devices such as sparklers, smoke sticks without report and serpentine pop-off novelties, may be sold at any time. All other fireworks are illegal in the state.
That being said, cities and towns can regulate firework use as they see fit, like Little Rock does. The following cities have special rules regulating firework use.
- Little Rock, North Little Rock, Jacksonville and Hot Springs: the possession of fireworks is illegal.
- Batesville, Cabot, Sherwood: Fireworks are allowed to be possessed, but are illegal to use in these cities.
- Arkadelphia: You can set off fireworks until 11 p.m., with the exception of New Year’s Eve when you can shoot them at midnight. Police, however, will shut down nuisance displays, as determined by the officer. Individuals are not allowed to have fireworks in the downtown business district.
- Bryant: You can set off fireworks July 3-5 between noon and 10 p.m. Children under 18 must be supervised by an adult. The fireworks must be used in a safe manner, and you must clean up after your display. No fireworks may be discharged within 300 feet of in a public park or city-owned property, under or upon a motor vehicle, within 300 feet of a gas station or propane storage facility or a firework stand or within 1000 feet of a hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility.
- Lonoke: You can use fireworks on private property with the permission of the property owner from July 3 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and July 4 from 10 a.m. to midnight.
- Maumelle: Fireworks can be set off on private property with permission from July 4th from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- Russellville: You can have fireworks on private property with the permission of the property owner from July 2-5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks may not be discharged on public property nor projectiles allowed to travel onto the property of another individual.
The state offers these suggestions for safe firework use:
- Only buy legal fireworks from vendors who have a proper state license.
- Properly supervise children and make sure that adults light all fireworks, even sparklers. Keep in mind that sparklers burn at a temperature of about 2,000 degrees.
- Have a garden hose or bucket of water available in case of fire.
- Only light one firework at a time.
- Make sure to be a safe distance from others before lighting fireworks, and never aim fireworks at other people. Those lighting fireworks should never place any part of their body directly over a fireworks device when lighting a fuse.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- To avoid the possibility of a trash fire, dispose of spent fireworks by dousing them in water before throwing them away.
- Never re-light a malfunctioning or “dud” firework. Instead, soak it in water and throw it away.
- Do not buy fireworks packaged in brown paper. This is often a sign that the fireworks are intended for professional displays and could be dangerous to consumers.