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No person, firm, co-partnership or corporation shall offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, keep with intent to sell, possess, use or explode, any display fireworks, except as follows:
(A) (1) The Chief of the Fire Department, or Mayor, or similar official where there is no fire department, may grant permits for supervised public displays of fireworks by municipalities, fair associations, amusement parks, and other organizations or groups of individuals.
(2) Every display shall be handled by a competent display operator to be approved by the public official by whom the permit is granted, and shall be of such character, and so located, discharged or fired as in the opinion of the official, after proper inspection, to not be hazardous to property or endanger any person.
(3) COMPETENT DISPLAY OPERATOR shall be defined as the person with overall responsibility for the operation and safety of a fireworks display. The competent display operator shall have a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) License and have participated as an assistant in firing at least five public displays. A COMPETENT DISPLAY OPERATOR is also an employee possessor. A permit under division (A)(1) of this section shall be issued only to a competent display operator holding an ATF license.
(4) At least one competent display operator shall be on site during display set-up and firing. This competent display operator shall maintain a copy of the permit application, as signed by the local authority having jurisdiction as identified in this section, on site and at all times the display is in place, and shall be presented on demand of the state fire marshal or local fire chief. All public displays that require issuance of a permit shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1123 – Code for Fireworks Display (adopted edition).
(5) Permits shall be filed with the state fire marshal at least 15 days in advance of the date of the display. After the privilege is granted, sales, possession, use, and distribution of fireworks for the display shall be lawful for that purpose only. No permit granted under this division shall be transferable. For the purposes of this division, PUBLIC DISPLAY OF FIREWORKS shall include the use of pyrotechnic devices or pyrotechnic materials before a proximate audience, whether indoors or outdoors.
(6) Any person remaining within the display area shall be identified as licensed by the ATF, or an employee thereof, or be an assistant in training to become a competent display operator. All persons remaining within the display area shall be at least 18 years of age.
(7) The commissioner of the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction with recommendation from the state fire marshal shall promulgate administrative regulations in accordance with KRS Chapter 13A to administer the provisions of this division. The regulations shall address the process by which permits are issued and any other procedures that are reasonably necessary to effectuate this subsection.
(B) The sale, at wholesale, of any display fireworks for permitted displays by any resident manufacturer, wholesaler, dealer, or jobber, in accordance with regulations of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives if the sale is to the person holding a display permit as outlined in division (A) of this section. The permit holder shall present the permit along with other verifiable identification at the time of sale.
(C) The sale of display fireworks in accordance with a license issued by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
(D) The sale and use in emergency situations of pyrotechnic signaling devices and distress signals for marine, aviation, and highway use.
(E) The use of fuses and railway torpedoes by railroads.
(F) The sale and use of blank cartridges for use in a show or theater or for signal or ceremonial purpose in athletics or sports.
(G) The use of any pyrotechnic device by military organizations.
(H) The use of fireworks for agricultural purposes under the direct supervision of the United States Department of the Interior or any equivalent or local agency.
(KRS 227.710) Penalty, see § 93.99