So me and a buddy got into a discussion the other day and now even after some heavy research we are confused.
I was told that owning all items including clay, fuse, FP and casings to make salutes was legal but that you couldn't put more then 50mg of FP into the salute or it violated the children protection act set way back in the 60's that saw the end of the cherry bomb and true M-80. If you did have the items to make a bigger one this was also fine as long as it wasnt assembled.
Now my buddy was able to show me in skylighter's write up about the laws concerning the BATFE orange book that we can manufacturer any fireworks we please as long as they are used in the same day and not transported and fired in accordance with local laws and made on our own property where legal and we can do all of this without a license or permit.
Then he showed me where it says we can store the fireworks we make as long as we use a legal storage magazine per the directions in the BATFE orange book.
Well heck now I am realy confused, is it okay for me to manufacture a salute with more then 50mg of FP so long as I blow it up on my property in the same day its made and I dont transport it. Or is it still illegal to have the device assembled if its over 50mg of flash powder as I was originally told.
I would imagine Bottle rockets, fountains, smoke grenades and Aerials to also fall under the same regulations as salutes and I dont realy see any limitations mentioned on these other then the aerials which are limited to 2" without a license or again so I was told.
So can someone help me understand these laws before I get any further into this hobby. I have been waiting over a year to start making some small items and so far I have realy concentrated on making BP and black match etc. I feel I am ready to start moving on to other items such as salutes, and Aerial shells but I dont want to take one more step until I can confidently say I understand the letter of the law and what I am required to do to stay on the correct side of the line.
I appreciate any input and just incase anyone is worried I am engaged to a wonderful woman with a 12 year old step son and I have been using fireworks for over 25 years. (I am in my 30's) So no worries about me being a youngster just looking to blow up a large salute in a neighbor hood cold-a-sac to set off car alarms and irritate the neighbors.