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Are permits required to shoot professional fireworks in New Hanover County? Why are certain permits granted?

Tim Buckland

For an answer, we turned to New Hanover County Deputy Fire Chief Frank Meyer. Here was his response:

“Permits are required for pyrotechnic displays,” he said in an email. “They are not automatically granted but proceed through a review process that includes a review of the licensing credentials of the operator, pyrotechnics being used and their procedures complying with existing safety standards.”

“The application is then routed to New Hanover County Risk Management to verify the commercial insurance requirements have been met before the application is approved and the permit issued. Prior to the display a member of the Fire Marshal’s office inspects the site, meets with the operator and remains on site until after the display has been completed,” Meyer wrote.

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