City guidelines for firework usage

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April 29 2021 08:00 pm

Thursday marked the official start of summer and that means a lot of backyard barbecues and outdoor fun.

If your picnic includes fireworks, there are some regulations in the city of Wheeling you’ll want to follow. Fire Chief Larry Helms said a general rule of thumb is if it flies through the air, it’s not allowed in the city.

Some examples of things not permitted include bottle rockets and roman candles.

“The reason for that is because of our close proximity of households and buildings. Anything that flies could end up someplace that could cause a fire,” said Fire Chief Helms.

Things like snakes, fountains, and sparklers are okay, but should still be used with caution. 

If you have a question about what is legal in city limits here’s a brief look at what the city’s website says.

The Wheeling Fire Department wants to remind those living in the City of Wheeling that using most fireworks are PROHIBITED-in order to keep the city safe from any fire hazard.



Bottle Rockets
Sky Rockets
Roman Candles
Sky Lanterns
Any other object that flies, propels or explodes
City Ordinance 1535.01 states that fireworks used to propel into the air are PROHIBITED. THIS IS TO PROTECT THE RISK OF A POSSIBLE FIRE TO HOMES AND BUSINESSES WITHIN CITY LIMITS.

A 70-foot per inch of shell is the safety zone required to light fireworks. Most residential neighborhoods do not have adequate space.

There are LEGAL FIREWORKS that are permitted to be used in the city. They include:

Party poppers
Smoke devices
Various non-propellant noisemakers.

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