Explosives and Fireworks

The OSFM operates a statewide Bomb Squad staffed by Deputy State Fire Marshals (DSFM). The bomb squad responds to emergency calls for found explosives and suspected packages. Should the investigation reveal that a crime has or is occurring the responding DSFM Bomb Technician will continue with the case. The DSFM Bomb Technician normally is responsible for all aspects of the investigation including scene examination, evidence collection, photography, interview & interrogation, and effecting an arrest when appropriate.

They also provide special events stand-by's and regulate the explosive and fireworks industries within the state. The Bomb Squad is supplemented by other DSFM's who are assigned to regional offices and are cross-trained for fire investigation, bomb squad, and code enforcement responsibilities.

The OSFM Bomb Squad also operate an explosive detection canine program. These canines are cer​tified by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF). Additionally, a new maritime explosive response team has been created which provides the OSFM Bomb Squad with the ability to respond and manage explosive incidents in o​r around Maryland's waterways and shipping industry. DSFM Bomb Technicians assigned to the maritime explosive response team receive advanced training in underwater diving, boating, and tactical operations.

Regulation includes the issuance and renewal of firework shooters, explosive blasters, explosive manufacturing, and explosive sales throughout Maryland. Applications for these licenses can be found in the below document section. DSFM's assigned to the Bomb Squad also conduct field inspection of explosive storage facilities and the monitoring and field inspection of explosive use. Additionally, all public firework displays applications are reviewed and approved by the Bomb Squad command.


Public Firework Displays - 2017​



Fireworks Safety & Use​


 Firework Safety PSA



Be aware, be safe, be responsible, and be prepared!

Did you know that not all fireworks are legal for use in the state of Maryland? You should purchase fireworks from the same location that you intend to use them. This informational flyer provides more information on how to tell if a certain firework is approved for use in Maryland.

Fireworks Labels Flyer

Download this informational flyer for more information on safe fireworks usage in the state of Maryland.

Fireworks Safety Flyer

Approved ground based sparkling devices approved for sale and use within the state of Maryland.

Approved Ground Based Sparkling Devices​​ - Updated 06/06/2016




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Baltimore, MD  21225


​7041 Darrow Road 

Hudson, Ohio  44236​


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Gaithersburg, MD  20879

400 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd.
Altoona, PA 16602
174 Route 17 North, Suite 213

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Roanoke, VA  24019​


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Farmingdale, NY  11735​


​302 Wilson Road

New Castle, PA  16103​


​376 Hartman Bridge Road

Ronks, PA  17572​

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New Castle, PA  16101​


 Content Editor

2012 Fireworks Labels FlyerFirework Safety / Label Identification Guide11/21/2016 10:25 AM
2012 Fireworks Saftey FlyerThis flyer provides basic firework safety information to consumers.11/21/2016 10:26 AM
2015 Firework Permits List Final11/21/2016 10:26 AM
2016 Firework Permits List11/21/2016 10:26 AM
2017 Firework Permits List10/30/2017 9:54 AM
DSP-SFMP 004 Fireworks Display ApplicationThis application is for approval to have a public fireworks display within the state of Maryland.3/15/2017 9:00 AM
DSP-SFMP 005 Firework Shooter Testing And Permit ApplicationThis application is for initial and renewal of a professional firework "shooters" permit.8/9/2017 11:39 AM
DSP-SFMP 006 Explosive Dealer Application8/9/2017 11:39 AM
DSP-SFMP 008 Explosive Manufacturing Application8/9/2017 11:39 AM
DSP-SFMP 039 Blasters Permit and Testing Application8/9/2017 11:40 AM
DSP-SFMP 040 Registration of Sparklers Ground Based Sparklers and Novelty Items Application11/21/2016 1:33 PM
GBSD Approved ListThis document provides a list of ground based sparkling devices which are approved for sale and use withing the state of Maryland.6/16/2017 12:59 PM
Law Enforcment Guide to Fireworks IDThis flyer provides information to the Maryland Police Officer on firework laws and enforcement actions.11/21/2016 10:38 AM
Maryland Code Public Safety Article Title 11 - ExplosivesMaryland Code Public Safety Article - Title 11 covers the regulations and requirements as they relate to explosives.11/21/2016 10:28 AM
Pyrotechnics Registration Application11/21/2016 10:28 AM