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Illegal fireworks in North Carolina

It is that time of year, when law enforcement officials work to keep illegal fireworks from making their way from South Carolina into North Carolina. Brunswick County borders South Carolina and fire marshal Scott Garner says because of the proximity, lots of illegal fireworks make their way over. Sparklers and fountains are legal in North Carolina -- those are non-explosive or non-spinning fireworks. But, in South Carolina you can pretty much buy anything -- even those that resemble professional displays. The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office says it won't be policing the borders but if you get caught transporting illegal fireworks, you can face serious penalties. "North Carolina is a zero tolerance policy when it comes to illegal fireworks. First off you're fireworks can be confiscated and you could face civil and criminal penalties," said Garner. Garner says its important to wear gloves while shooting off approved fireworks, and have water handy -- especially since the county is still under the burn ban, and the area is dry. If you have questions about the legality of your fireworks, garner says its best to contact your local fire marshal.

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