Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sallisaw Fireworks Codes Explained

Sallisaw officials reminded residents this week about the city codes governing the sale and use of fireworks.

Within Sallisaw city limits, personal use of fireworks is limited to between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight July 3 and 4.

Fireworks cannot be sold, discharged nor stands placed in the downtown Sallisaw business district. The district is generally described as lying south of the Missouri Pacific Railroad and North of East Chickasaw Avenue and lying between North Wheeler Avenue and North Elm Street. 

Personal use of fireworks are permissible by the State of Oklahoma between June 15- July 4 and Jan. 1. 

Fireworks are governed by Oklahoma State Statute (OS), Title 68 Section 1621 et seq, State Fire Marshall's (OSFM) regulations. Fireworks can be sold between June 15 and July 4 and January 1 of each year in Oklahoma. To sell fireworks one must first obtain a retail license from the Oklahoma State Fire Marshall's (OSFM) Office. Usually the fireworks distributor can assist with this license as they must obtain a wholesale license as well. The regulations for this can be found on their website

Once the retail license from the OSFM office has been obtained, one can apply to the City of Sallisaw for a firework stand, (booth or tent) permit. This permit is to ensure that the minimum guideline for distance from highways, roadways, combustible material and structures are met. Inspection of the electrical or fuel powered generators are conducted prior to a stand opening to ensure electrical and fire hazards are minimized. Stands must be located in Commercial Zoned property, SCO:102 Article IV District Regulations, and one must obtain permission from the property owner(s).

For more information about Sallisaw’s fireworks code, visit the city website or contact the city at 918-775-6241.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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