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Fireworks are legal to purchase in New Hampshire, but not all towns allow residents to use them.

Scroll down to see our map of N.H. towns that allow (and ban) fireworks.

Each year, the State Fire Marshal's office asks towns to respond to a survey about fireworks rules. The map below reflects the latest survey responses posted on the department's website. The list was updated in May, 2019. 

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A Jaffrey-based fireworks company is under investigation after it left a truck loaded with fireworks unattended with the engine running.


Atlas Fireworks was preparing a show at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods over the weekend.


Law enforcement arrived to find an unlocked truck with no Atlas employees on the grounds and no placards on the side of the truck indicating its explosive contents.


The matter is still under investigation by the State Police.

N.H. Can Now Celebrate the 4th With Firecrackers

Jul 4, 2017
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If this Fourth of July is sounding noisier to you, you’re not wrong. This is the first Fourth of July in more than a decade that people can legally buy firecrackers in New Hampshire.

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Fireworks are legal to purchase in New Hampshire, but not every town allows residents to use them. 

Each year, the State Fire Marshall asks New Hampshire towns to update their central list of community restrictions around fireworks, and we've used that list to create an easy-to-use map that shows town-level rules.

Firecrackers Now Legal (And For Sale) In New Hampshire

Jun 7, 2017
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Last Friday, Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill to legalize firecrackers in New Hampshire.  They are now for sale at licensed fireworks dealers in the state.

No Shortage of Choices at Champny's Fireworks

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Champny’s Fireworks in Bow is a family-owned business that has pyrotechnics of every shape and size.

Deborah Colby, the owner of Champny’s Fireworks in Bow, stands in front of a TV display of fireworks, giving her customers a preview of what they buy. Lissa and Jessica Dubois of Hopkinton huddle close to the screen, transfixed.

"These are really cool," they say. 

How many fireworks do they want to buy?

"Like 20," Lissa says.

"More than that!" Jessica says.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill that would repeal a ban on the sale and use of some firecrackers in New Hampshire.

Hassan said Tuesday that it's unnecessary to change current law, which already provides public access to fireworks while aiming to minimize safety risks.

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Getting ready to fire off some bottle rockets this Independence Day? You may want to check our map below first.

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  The Pelham Fire Chief is renewing his call for a ban on a type of controversial fireworks called reloadable mortars. That follows a second accident in his town over the holiday weekend.

Pelham Fire Chief James Midgley remembers seeing what he describes as a mushroom cloud coming from behind a residence where thirteen people were injured two years ago. Then, on July 4th this year, just around the corner, another fireworks accident injured two people. And the common thread, says Midgley, is reloadable mortars.

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Festivities are underway across New Hampshire despite rainy conditions.

At  well-attended 4th of july parade in Amherst, the announcer told crowds, “We might see a steady, light drizzle this morning, but after about 12 noon it’s going to get quite wet.”

While it wasn’t classic Fourth of July weather, that was just fine with some in the crowd.

“No this is fine,” said Ginger Simond.

“This is beautiful, not too hot at all,” agreed her husband Woody.

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The Currency is our ongoing look at economic and business news in New Hampshire. 

Fireworks Industry Thrives In N.H. Amid Loose Regulations

Backyard pyrotechnics are a favorite—and legal—way for Granite Staters to celebrate the Fourth of July.  And the fireworks lobby has been fighting to not only keep them legal, but to deregulate them. 

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The New Hampshire House will take up a bill this week that bans certain types of fireworks. Given the committee report to kill it, it’s unlikely to pass.

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Many New Hampshire towns and cities usher in the new year tonight with fireworks displays. Turns out, winter is actually a great time of year for shows.

"The fireworks burn much cleaner. The colors are a bit brighter, because you don’t have the humid air," says Stephen Pelkey, CEO of Atlas Pyro Vision. "And it just makes for a wonderful backdrop."

The Jaffrey-based company is putting on 35 shows across New England tonight. Check local listings for events in your area.

Police have canceled this weekend’s fireworks festival in Jaffrey because of a bomb threat.

Two-year-old Ben Bertini of Derry is reported to be recovering after suffering severe burns on 27 percent of  his body and a puncture wound to the arm when a stack of consumer fireworks suddenly ignited at his grandparents' Pelham home. He was put into a medically induced coma immediately following the accident last week. Monday, doctors removed the inhaler and he has been speaking. He is currently receiving skin grafts at the Shriners Hospital in Boston. Eight adults and five children were injured in the blast and subsequent fire.

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For some New Hampshire residents, the Fourth of July means it’s time for fireworks in the backyard. The state has long been one of the few states in the region to allow this practice.  But this year it's causing new safety concerns because more dangerous types of fireworks are now on sale.