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      RS 51:651.1     


§651.1. Possession, sale, or use of certain fireworks prohibited; penalties

            A. The provisions of R.S. 51:651 shall not be construed to authorize the possession, sale, use, or shipment into the state of the types of fireworks which are specifically prohibited by this Section.

            B. It is unlawful for any person in the state of Louisiana to possess, sell, or use for any purpose whatsoever any of the following items of commercial fireworks: cherry bombs, tubular salutes, two-inch American-made salutes, firecrackers with casings the external dimensions of which exceed one and one-half inches in length or one-quarter of an inch in diameter, repeating bombs, aerial bombs, torpedoes which exceed three-eighths of an inch in diameter, Roman candles larger than ten ball, and sky rockets larger than six ounces. It is also unlawful for any person to ship into the state of Louisiana any of the above mentioned items for any purpose whatsoever.

            C. The items of commercial fireworks enumerated in this Section shall not be considered as public display fireworks within the meaning of R.S. 51:655.

            D. It is unlawful for a person in this state to sell, offer for sale, distribute, possess, ignite, or otherwise use aerial luminaries, commonly known as sky lanterns, Hawaii lanterns, Kongming lanterns, Chinese lanterns, sky candles, fire balloons, or flying luminaries.

            E. Illegal fireworks or aerial luminaries as provided in this Part shall be subject to seizure by the state fire marshal, his deputies, or any authorized law enforcement officer as contraband and further subject to forfeiture as provided in R.S. 15:41.

            F. Whoever violates this Section shall, upon conviction, be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than two years, or both. Each violation of this Section constitutes a separate offense.

            Added by Acts 1962, No. 456, §1. Acts 1984, No. 918, §1, eff. July 20, 1984; Acts 2018, No. 211, §1, eff. May 15, 2018.

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