Although it is legal for adults over the age of 21 to purchase and possess fireworks in New Hampshire, fireworks can still be dangerous. The safest way to enjoy fireworks this 4th of July is to attend a professional display. If you choose to celebrate the holiday with fireworks, keep in mind:
Be Prepared before lighting fireworks.
- Purchase fireworks only at licensed stores.
- Display fireworks only on land that you own.
- Have a bucket of water, a hose, or a fire extinguisher nearby.
- Apply for a firework permit if your town requires one.
Be Safe when lighting fireworks.
- Only adults 21 and older should handle fireworks – do not allow children to go near or light them.
- People who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol should not light fireworks.
- Display fireworks outdoors, away from buildings and anything that can catch on fire.
- Light fireworks one at a time and then move away quickly.
- People watching the fireworks should stay a safe distance away.
Be Responsible when finished.
- Clean up all parts of used fireworks.
- “Duds” (fireworks that do not explode when they are lit) are very dangerous because they could relight at any time. Soak them in water before throwing them away.
Your town may require a permit to use fireworks. Check the list below to see if your town in Strafford County requires a permit. If they do, contact your local city hall or fire department to get a permit.
DOVER PERMISSIBLE – Permit Required
DURHAM PERMISSIBLE – Permit Required
ROCHESTER PERMISSIBLE –Permit Required, Additional Restrictions
ROLLINSFORD PERMISSIBLE – Permit Required
SOMERSWORTH PERMISSIBLE – Permit Required