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 standby 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 operates an explosive detection canine program. These canines are certified 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 to and manage explosive incidents in or 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.


Maryland Public Firework Permit Display List:

Public Firework Permit Display​ List​​​

Important - Please note that our public firework permit display list is typically updated monthly. It may be updated more frequently during peak periods throughout the year. 


Fireworks Safety & Use​


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 where 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​​

Maryland Licensed Firework Companies​

 Advanced Entertainment Technologies, Inc.

8124 Norris Lane

Baltimore, MD 21222​

American Fireworks

​7041 Darrow Road 

Hudson, Ohio  44236​

Celebration Fireworks

​7911 Seventh Street

Slatington, PA 18080

610-978- 8989chris@celfire.com
Digital Lightning, LLC

​7895 Cessna Ave. Unite I

Gaithersburg, MD  20879

Epic Pyrotechnics, LLC
400 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd.
Altoona, PA 16602
Fantastic Fireworks, Inc.

​P.O. Box 312

Maryland Line, MD 21105​

844-360- 5381donna@fantasticfireworksinc.com
Fireworks Extravaganza
121 Gertrude Ave
Paramus, NJ  07652​
800-765-2264 x751   permits@fwextravaganza.com
Innovative Pyrotechnic Concepts, LLC

12667 Grosstown Road

Hughesville, MD  20637
Little Big Shot
8112 National Pike
Addison, PA 15411
Maryland Productions / SFX
7110 Ambassador Road
Windsor Mill, MD 21244
S. Vitale Pyrotecnico, Inc.

​302 Wilson Road

New Castle, PA  16103​

800-854- 4705zzimmerman@pyrotecnico.com
Schaefer Fireworks

​376 Hartman Bridge Road

Ronks, PA  17572​

Serpico Pyrotechnics, LLC
133 Orchid Court
Toms River, NJ 08753-1334
Starfire Corporation

682 Cole Road

Carrolltown, PA  15722​

800-806-4486  kimberly@starfirecorporation.com
Zambelli International Fireworks

120 Marshall Drive

Warrendale, PA 15086

ZY Pyrotechnics dba: Sky Shooter Displays, Inc.
1014 Slocum Road
Wapwallopen, PA 18660

State Fire Marshal Explosive & Fireworks Documents​

2012 Fireworks Labels Flyer.pdf2012 Fireworks Labels FlyerFirework Safety / Label Identification Guide11/21/2016 10:25 AM
2012 Fireworks Saftey Flyer.pdf2012 Fireworks Saftey FlyerThis flyer provides basic firework safety information to consumers.11/21/2016 10:26 AM
2024 Firework Permits List.pdf2024 Firework Permits List6/14/2024 11:10 AM
DSP-SFMP 004 Fireworks Display Application.pdfDSP-SFMP 004 Fireworks Display ApplicationThis application is for approval to have a public fireworks display within the state of Maryland.7/26/2022 10:11 AM
DSP-SFMP 005 Firework Shooter Testing And Permit Application.pdfDSP-SFMP 005 Firework Shooter Testing And Permit ApplicationThis application is for initial and renewal of a professional firework "shooters" permit.7/26/2022 10:11 AM
DSP-SFMP 006 Explosive Dealer Application.pdfDSP-SFMP 006 Explosive Dealer Application7/26/2022 10:11 AM
DSP-SFMP 008 Explosive Manufacturing Application.pdfDSP-SFMP 008 Explosive Manufacturing Application7/26/2022 10:11 AM
DSP-SFMP 039 Blasters Permit and Testing Application.pdfDSP-SFMP 039 Blasters Permit and Testing Application8/25/2022 11:40 AM
DSP-SFMP 040 Registration of Sparklers Ground Based Sparklers and Novelty Items Application.pdfDSP-SFMP 040 Registration of Sparklers Ground Based Sparklers and Novelty Items Application3/2/2023 9:33 AM
GBSD Approved List.pdfGBSD Approved ListThis document provides a list of ground based sparkling devices which are approved for sale and use withing the state of Maryland.6/7/2023 9:41 AM
Law Enforcment Guide to Fireworks ID.pdfLaw 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 - Explosives.pdfMaryland 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
Maryland Code Public Safety Article Title 10 - Fireworks and Sparklers.pdfMaryland Code Public Safety Article Title 10 - Fireworks and SparklersMaryland Code Public Safety Article - Title 10 covers the regulations and requirements as they relate to fireworks and sparklers.3/7/2023 1:03 PM

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