Senate Bill No. 557

Public Act No. 00-198

An Act Concerning Sparklers.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 29-356 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

"Fireworks" means and includes any combustible or explosive composition, or any substance or combination of substances or article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or an audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, and includes blank cartridges, toy pistols, toy cannons, toy canes or toy guns in which explosives are used, the type of balloons which require fire underneath to propel the same, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, Daygo bombs, sparklers or other fireworks of like construction and any fireworks containing any explosive or flammable compound, or any tablets or other device containing any explosive substance, except that the term "fireworks" shall not include toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns or other devices in which paper caps manufactured in accordance with the regulations of the United States Interstate Commerce Commission or its successor agency [regulations] for packing and shipping of toy paper caps are used and toy pistol paper caps manufactured as provided therein.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 29-357 of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of public act 99-24, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, no person, firm or corporation shall offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail or use or explode or possess with intent to sell, use or explode any fireworks, except, notwithstanding the provisions of section 29-356, as amended by this act, any person who is sixteen years of age or older may offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, purchase, use or possess with intent to sell or use sparklers of not more than one hundred grams of pyrotechnic mixture per item, which are nonexplosive and nonaerial.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved June 1, 2000