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North Carolina has restrictions on the types and ages of fireworks that are legal in the state12345. Fireworks that explode or leave the ground, such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman candles, and aerial fireworks, are illegal125. Fireworks that stay on the ground, are handheld, or produce smoke or noise, such as sparklers, snakes, and poppers, are legal134. You must be 16 or older to buy or use fireworks in North Carolina13. Violating the fireworks laws can result in a fine of up to $500 and up to six months of imprisonment12.