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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


Contact: Sheree L. Mixell /Kathryn Mattingly


For Immediate Release

June 29, 2006



WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) reminds the public, whether attending community fireworks displays or celebrating with backyard fireworks, to exercise caution when dealing with fireworks.

ATF is the federal law enforcement agency charged with enforcing federal explosives laws. ATF actively works with other federal agencies, such as the Consumer Products Safety Commission through its fireworks enforcement program, to prevent trafficking and possession of illegal fireworks, which are technically classified as illegal explosive devices.

“Through our partnerships with industry and other law enforcement organizations, ATF works to ensure the personal safety of the public,” said ATF Director Carl J. Truscott. “We are committed to keeping Americans safe by investigating manufacturers and distributors of illegal explosive devices in an effort to keep them out of the hands of consumers.”

Illegal explosive devices meet neither safety nor quality standards of legally manufactured consumer fireworks. The manufacture and possession of illegal explosive devices can result in federal felony and misdemeanor charges.

State and local fireworks laws and regulations differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Before purchasing or using any fireworks, check with the authorities in your areas to find out what is allowed.

The public is urged to report the use or sale of illegal fireworks or explosive devices by calling the toll-free ATF hotline at 1-888-ATF-BOMB (1-888-283-2662).

More information on ATF and its programs is at