BE SAFE - LEAVE THE FIREWORKS TO THE PROFESSIONALS AND AVOID A FINE
As July 4th approaches, Huntley Police generally see an increase in firework complaints and related calls. Before you head to Wisconsin or Indiana to purchase consumer or commercial grade fireworks to celebrate, it’s important to remember that Illinois State Law and the Village of Huntley Code of Ordinances prohibit the possession of fireworks. Any individual caught using and/or possessing illegal fireworks may be ticketed under the Village of Huntley General Offences 130.23 FIREWORKS. Fireworks fines range from $50 to $500 for each and every offense.
Fireworks are loosely defined as any explosive compound, or any tablets or other device containing any explosive substance, or containing combustible substances producing visual effect; including handheld fireworks, bottle rockets, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, roman candles, chasers, buzz bombs, helicopters, missiles, pin wheels, planes. They are all illegal. (Note: novelty items including snakes or glow worms; smoke devices; trick noisemakers known as party poppers, booby traps, snappers; and sparklers are legal in the Village of Huntley.)
Fireworks are a significant nuisance to the majority of our residents and they can be extremely dangerous. Fireworks cause emotional distress to many of our residents particularly veterans, the elderly and very young children, as well as those suffering from PTSD, autism and other developmental disabilities. They can also be very distressing for pets. Many of our residents have reported they resort to administering prescription sedatives to themselves or their pets to help them cope with fireworks. Fireworks also present a physical danger to our residents and community. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission 2020 Fireworks Annual Report, 18 people died and over 15,600 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents. Of these, 18% of the injuries were to children under age 15. Over two-thirds (67%) of injuries took place from June 16 to July 16. This represents a 50% increase in deaths and injuries due to fireworks compared to 2019. And while the majority of these incidents were due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade, homemade or other illegal fireworks or explosives, an estimated 2,500 injuries were from less powerful devices like small firecrackers and sparklers. Additionally, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires.
Due to the above noted safety and quality of life issues, the Huntley Police Department is committed to strenuous enforcement of the fireworks ordinance. If someone is found to be in violation, the fireworks will be confiscated and the individual may be cited accordingly with fines up to $500. This enforcement applies to both adults and minors. In preparation for the upcoming fireworks enforcement effort, the Department will be positioning message trailers throughout the Village to display information reminding residents that fireworks are illegal and informing them of the fines. This message will also be communicated via the Village website, newsletters
and social media channels.
In order to keep our community as safe as possible, the department is planning aggressive fireworks enforcement efforts over the July 4th weekend that may include the use of marked squad, unmarked squad, bicycle and foot patrols. Areas of the Village with the most reported fireworks activity in past years will have additional directed patrols in an effort to curb violations this year. While it is often very difficult for officers to catch fireworks violators, each year the Huntley Police Department prioritizes patrol and community
engagement efforts with the goal of reducing illegal fireworks activity in our community.
For more information:
Village Ordinance 130.23: https://bit.ly/3gT04PH
Illinois State Fire Marshal Approved and Prohibited Consumer Fireworks: https://bit.ly/3gNOsi5
State of IL Pyrotechnic Use Act: https://bit.ly/3xGbugo
Text TIP HUNTLEY followed by your message to 888777 - Please provide specific information regarding locations, days and times.
Don’t get burned by a fireworks fine this year. Do yourself and your neighbors a favor and leave the fireworks displays to the professionals. The Village of Huntley will host an Independence Day Fireworks Show on July 4 at 9:30 pm in Deicke Park. Click here for additional details.