I plan on using them in a safe, controlled environment (a sandy clearing, or in a lake). They will produce small external flames, and are ground based. Are there restrictions about the size of home made smoke devices, and if so can I get around them by using more than one at a time? I could make them burn without external flames, but am only willing to do so if it is required. I am experienced and knowledgable about the creation of such devices, and they do not use chlorates or ingredients seen as overly dangerous or poisonous. Thank you in advanced for your help.
- a patriotic but legally challenged citizen of America (who doesn't feel like calling the fire marshal)
You need to check the county ordinances in your area. I would guess that you would need a license to manufacture fireworks. It is interesting you posted this with a label for HOAs. You may run into legal trouble with your HOA as well depending on any restrictions in the governing documents. I would think it would just be easier to buy smoke bombs.
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You don't feel like calling the fire marshal because you are afraid he will tell you that what you are planning to do is illegal and dangerous. You are hoping that someone on this site will tell you that it is O.K. Breaking fire laws and endangering those around you is not a patriotic act. Being around smoke bombs is not pleasant. Are you planning to ruin the celebration that your neighbors are planning?
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