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DeSantis signs law allowing Floridians to set off fireworks on certain holidays

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 140 into law Friday, making it legal for Floridians to set off real fireworks on three holidays: Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

It is recommended by law enforcement to enjoy fireworks at public displays by professionals, however, with this year’s local events being canceled, you’ll now be able to enjoy your own display.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office offered the following tips if you do elect to engage in the use of fireworks:

  • Familiarize yourself with the printed instructions of each style of firework you purchase, and carefully follow those guidelines
  • Make sure you have a designated “launch area” that is a safe distance from people, homes, and vehicles – at least 150 ft of clearance is recommended
  • Only 1 person, a responsible adult, should be permitted in the launch area. Children should NEVER be near fireworks
  • Never hold a lit firework in your hands
  • Keep unlit fireworks away from the lighting area to avoid accidental lighting
  • Do not light fireworks on dry grass or brush, as these will easily burn and the fire will spread
  • Have a 911-enabled phone readily available in the event of an emergency
  • Never consume alcohol when lighting/using fireworks – have a designated lighter who remains sober

For more fireworks safety tips, click here.

Shortly after this law was signed, Marco Island Police sent out a post on their Facebook page saying no fireworks will be permitted on Marco Island.

The city says that legislation does not supersede local regulations relating to the use of fireworks.

Fireworks are not permitted on Marco Island!

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Posted by Marco Island Police Department on Friday, June 19, 2020

For more information and to view frequently asked questions, you can visit the Marco Island Emergency Management website here.

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