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2016 Fireworks Law Changes - West Virginia, Texas

Over the years, legislators have evolved state laws about the use and sale of fireworks to give individuals a better fireworks experience and business success. Pyrotechnic fun is a popular pastime throughout the United States, especially during the Independence Day and New Year's Day holiday seasons. And, it can be a lucrative one, especially when tax revenues are concerned. Additionally, legislators care about their constituents who are involved in the fireworks industry for their livelihoods.

As a result, there are annual changes to the fireworks laws in various regions of the country. For 2016, West Virginia and Texas may have seen the biggest impacts of some of these new laws.

If you're from one of these areas, you may be especially curious about what's happening in your neck of the woods. Here is a brief synopsis:

West Virginia

Having been limited in previous years to purchasing only novelty items and consumer fireworks that don't leave the ground, West Virginians can party it up this year with more exciting options. Bottle rockets, Roman candles, artillery missiles, parachutes and aerial cakes that provide impressive displays in the night sky can now be a standard part of any private celebration.

As of June 1, 2016, the new law will take effect and a full array of fireworks will be allowed for retail sales in the state.


Pyrotechnic fans in Texas have a lot to look forward to in 2016! A law that overrules an old municipal law prohibiting fireworks sales a mile or more into the county limits has eliminated the buffer zone that exists immediately outside many city limits. This means that Texas residents will have much easier access to tents or retail locations to buy their fireworks fun.

Additionally, new seasons have been added to the traditional Independence Day and New Year's Day timeframes. Four new selling seasons will cover the following holidays: Texas Independence Day (March 2), San Jacinto Day (April 21), Memorial Day (the last Monday in May) and Cinco de Mayo (May 5 -- for locations within 100 miles of the Texas/Mexico border).

Business Opportunities Abound

Not only do these new state laws mean fewer restrictions placed on the freedom to celebrate with big booms and lots of fire in the sky, but it also means that there are many more business opportunities for entrepreneurs who are interested in making income from fireworks sales.

Jake's Fireworks is actively looking for dealers in West Virginia and Texas to meet the increased demand for fireworks that these new statutes will create.

It's a perfect chance for an entrepreneur to learn the business and get in on the ground floor of an opportunity that has significant promise to be successful and exciting. New tents, stands and retail locations will be going up any day. One of them could be yours!

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